Chronic heart disease can impact your life in many ways. Understanding the factors that affect your heart and your health can help you take control of your long-term wellness to enjoy every day to the fullest. At Cardiac Solutions, our cardiologists near Phoenix proudly specialize in the management of chronic heart disease, including atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, angina, and congenital heart disease. We offer a wide variety of informative clinical programs to help patients manage heart disease symptoms for improved overall health and higher quality of life.
Three Tips for Managing Cholesterol
Your cholesterol levels play a significant role in your cardiovascular health. Managing your cholesterol is a positive step towards managing chronic heart disease and preventing both strokes and heart attacks.
- If your heart doctor has prescribed medication to lower your cholesterol, always take your medication exactly as directed and don’t stop taking it until advised by your doctor. Make sure your cardiologist knows if you are taking any other medications to prevent drug interactions.
- Learn the different between “good” and “bad” cholesterol
- Develop a heart-healthy exercise program targeted toward your health and your needs. Start out with light exercise, such as daily walks, and work up to more intense, more prolonged periods of activity.Speak with your doctor first to come up with an exercise plan.
Life with an Implantable Device
Implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators, work around the clock to manage heart disease symptoms. Daily life with your implantable device is very similar to life before your procedure, with only a few caveats to keep in mind:
- Most individuals with an implantable device can enjoy all types of sports and exercise activities, but may require special equipment or care to keep impacts from affecting the implant site.
- Always tell other medical providers that you have an implantable device, such as your general practitioner or your dentist.
- While most household appliances and goods won’t affect your device, try to keep magnets at least six inches from your chest. Talk to your cardiologist if you use heavy shop equipment, chain saws, or welding equipment, as special protection for your device may be needed.
- Implantable devices are sometimes equipped with warning alert systems, which produce audible beeps. Your cardiologist will explain the alerts if your device is equipped with such a system. If your device begins beeping, contact your heart doctor immediately.
If you’d like to find out more about Cardiac Solutions’ clinical programs, please call (623) 876-8816 to speak with a heart doctor near Phoenix for more details or enrollment information.