Heart Disease Diagnosis and Management in Castle Rock

Heart Disease Treatment

Heart Disease Treatment

Founders Family Medicine provides accurate diagnosis and treatment for cardiovascular disease. We offer compassionate and effective care for patients at our Castle Rock health care clinic.

To schedule your visit, call 303-688-8666.

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease is also often referred to as heart disease. This label includes several issues primarily related to the buildup of plaque in the walls of the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis.

When the arteries narrow from plaque, blood cannot flow freely. When blood flow becomes cut off due to a clot or blockage, patients experience a heart attack or stroke. However, heart disease includes many other symptoms that negatively impact health and quality of life.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when a blood clot cuts off blood flow to the heart. Then, the impacted part of the heart starts to die. While many people survive a heart attack with emergency medical treatment, the condition requires ongoing medical attention.

Stroke

Much like a heart attack, a stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain becomes blocked.

The loss of blood causes brain cells to die. This leads to major issues and long-term damage which impact brain functions like walking or talking.

Heart Failure

Heart failure is when the heart stops pumping blood effectively. In this case, the heart continues to work, but the body no longer receives an accurate level of blood and oxygen.

Common Symptoms of Heart Disease

Heart disease covers a range of conditions. Therefore, the symptoms vary based on your specific condition. A few common symptoms indicate a problem with the heart or blood flow.

  • Shortness of breath

  • Trouble breathing when lying down

  • Weight gain with swelling in the feet, legs, ankles or stomach

  • Fatigue or weakness

  • Chest pain or pressure

  • Abnormal heart rhythm

  • Lightheadedness or dizziness

  • Fainting

None of these symptoms are normal. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor to discuss diagnosis and treatment options.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Like with symptoms, risk factors tie to your specific type of heart condition. Some patients experience heart disease due to genetic factors, infection or birth defect. Yet, for most patients, heart disease ties to lifestyle choices.

  • Family history

  • Age

  • Smoking or other tobacco use

  • Unhealthy diet

  • Lack of physical activity

  • High Cholesterol

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity or excess body weight

  • Stress

  • Poor dental health

For patients with risk factors for heart disease, schedule regular visits with your doctor to manage your health and avoid the unwanted complications of heart disease.

Diagnosing and Treating Cardiovascular Disease

Patients with symptoms or risk factors for heart disease can undergo a series of tests to determine the type and level of your condition. We use blood tests, stress tests, electrocardiograms and other technology as needed for diagnosis.

Once the condition is identified, we create a customized treatment plan to manage your specific symptoms. Lifestyle changes offer the best treatment for cardiovascular disease. Other treatment options include medication to manage the condition.

For extreme cases, surgical procedures become necessary to remove blockage and increase blood flow. Proper management of disease helps minimize the need for surgery and improve heart function.

How to Lower the Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

Take control of your health. We work with patients to help guide you to better health. We’re happy to discuss options and offer support to lower your risk factors.

  • Stop smoking or using tobacco

  • Eat a balanced and heart-healthy diet

  • Increase exercise and physical activity

  • Lose weight and invest in weight loss management

  • Reduce stress

Heart Disease Medical Care in Castle Rock

Founders Family Medicine and Urgent Care offer treatment for heart disease at our Castle Rock clinic. We offer both in-clinic and telehealth appointments for your convenience.

Our experienced team of health care professionals provide accurate and trusted care.

Contact us to schedule an appointment.