Cardiovascular Health

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Cardiovascular Health services offered in Warrior, AL and Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Maintaining exceptional cardiovascular health (heart health) involves adopting healthy lifestyle habits and undergoing routine medical monitoring. At Primary & Urgent Care South in Warrior, Alabama, and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the skilled primary care and urgent care specialists evaluate, prevent, and treat common cardiovascular concerns many patients face at some point. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today, or simply walk in to get screened or treated for heart disease risk factors.

What is cardiovascular health?

Your cardiovascular health, or your heart health, includes the function and structure of your heart and blood vessels. Your heart controls numerous bodily functions. Arteries carry blood away from your heart, while veins bring the blood back to the heart. 

When not addressed, cardiovascular disease risk factors can cause severe or life-threatening heart problems. Properly monitoring your health, especially if you’re at risk of common heart-related issues, is vital to maintaining exceptional overall health and well-being. 

What are the risk factors for cardiovascular health problems?

While anyone can develop cardiovascular health problems, risk factors for developing them may include:

  • Excess body weight
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Poor dental health
  • Aging
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes 
  • Ongoing stress

When not treated, heart issues can lead to heart failure, heart attack, aneurysm, stroke, or peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Adopting healthy habits and maintaining an ideal weight are ways to reduce your chance of developing heart problems. Effectively manage any other chronic diseases you may have.

What are the symptoms of cardiovascular health issues?

Not all cardiovascular health issues cause noticeable symptoms, at least not right away, but examples of problematic symptoms include:

  • Jaw, throat, neck, back, chest, or belly pain
  • Chest tightness or discomfort
  • Weakness, pain, numbness, or coldness in your arms or legs
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Chest fluttering
  • Lightheadedness
  • Racing or slow heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Gray, pale, or blue skin or lips
  • Leg, hand, foot, ankle, or belly swelling
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue

Contact Primary & Urgent Care South immediately if you develop chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting. If you or a family member have a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.

How does my specialist diagnose cardiovascular health problems?

The Primary & Urgent Care South team reviews your medical history and symptoms to determine your risk factors for cardiovascular health issues. They weigh you, check your vital signs, and complete a physical exam.

You might need blood testing, an electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter monitoring, heart function tests, imaging procedures, or additional testing.

How are cardiovascular health conditions treated?

Whether you have heart problems or their risk factors, your Primary & Urgent Care South specialist may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Healthy lifestyle changes
  • Dietary supplements
  • Medically supervised weight loss
  • Customized diet plans
  • Medications
  • Minor procedures
  • Specialist referrals

If you have a complex heart problem requiring a procedure and care from a cardiologist, the Primary & Urgent Care South team points you in the right direction with a referral. 

Call the Primary & Urgent Care South office or use the online booking feature today to get screened or treated for cardiovascular health issues. Walk-ins are also welcome.