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Heart Disease

Nightwater Medical Center

Primary Care Physician & Concierge Medicine located in the South Market District serving Downtown New Orleans and greater New Orleans, LA

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the state of Louisiana. Though you can develop heart disease from many causes, in most cases, heart disease is preventable. At Nightwater Medical Center in Downtown New Orleans and greater New Orleans, Louisiana, experienced primary care physician, Paul Ikemire, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and medical management of heart disease, focusing on preventive measures. To schedule an appointment with this patient-focused practice, call the office or book online today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a general medical term that includes any condition or disease that affects the heart. Types of heart disease include:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Arrhythmia
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Heart valve disorders
  • Endocarditis
  • Congestive heart failure

Though sometimes used interchangeably, cardiovascular disease and heart disease aren’t the same. Cardiovascular disease is a condition that describes narrowing or blockages in the arteries that lead to health complications like heart attacks, angina (chest pain), and strokes. Lifestyle habits, including poor diet choices, lack of exercise, and smoking, increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. 

What are heart disease symptoms?

Heart disease symptoms vary in type and severity based on the underlying heart condition. Common signs you may experience with heart disease include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling in the ankles or legs
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting

Though these symptoms may develop from many causes, you should seek emergency medical care if you’re experiencing chest pain, breathlessness, or fainting. 

How is heart disease diagnosed?

Nightwater Medical Center is a high-end primary care practice that blends advanced medical technology with classic patient-doctor care and conducts comprehensive evaluations to diagnose heart disease. During your office visit, your primary care provider asks detailed questions to better understand your health needs and concerns before completing a physical exam. 

With a focus on preventive medicine, Nightwater Medical Center also conducts heart disease and cardiovascular screenings, which may include:

  • Blood pressure check
  • Fasting lipid profile
  • Blood glucose check
  • Body composition assessment
  • Other lab work

Your provider also asks about your diet and usual exercise routine, as well as lifestyle habits that may affect heart health. 

How is heart disease treated?

Nightwater Medical Center takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to the management of heart disease. Your primary care provider focuses your treatment plan on managing and improving your heart health and preventing further health complications. 

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Nutrition recommendations
  • Fitness recommendations
  • Lifestyle management and education
  • Weight loss

When needed, Nightwater Medical Center works with specialists to ensure you get the comprehensive care you need to improve heart health.

To help you make the necessary changes, Nightwater Medical Center offers regular follow-up care, which may be conducted in-office or as a telemedicine appointment. 

Heart disease is common but it may be preventable. To schedule an appointment with a primary care provider focused on preventive health, call Nightwater Medical Center, or book a consultation online today.