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Have you been diagnosed with heart disease? If so, you need to know your treatment options. Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix, your cardiologist, Dr. Ahmet Sayan, can help outline what you need to stay healthy for life. Read on to learn more.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that the number of people in the United States suffering from the effects of heart disease is staggering. In fact, this condition is the leading cause of death for both women and men, with coronary artery disease alone taking the lives of about 370,000 adults annually.
These numbers concern the professional team at Virgin Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. In our offices in St. Thomas and St. Croix, Dr. Sayan carefully screens his patients for symptoms of heart disease, and when the condition is suspected, a state-of-the-art screening is performed.
Types of heart disease and treatment options
Heart disease includes congenital and acquired malformations (including the heart valves), problems with its electrical system (arrhythmias), high blood pressure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and, most commonly, cardiovascular disease. To pinpoint exactly which heart condition a patient has, Dr. Sayan carefully reviews one's symptoms, past/current medical problems, hereditary factors, medications, and more.
Following this review, your doctor may recommend a diagnostic test, such as:
- Blood work (specific for cholesterol levels and cardiac enzymes)
- Angiography (X-ray imaging of the heart)
- Stress tests (to note the operation of the heart during strenuous physical activity)
Depending on the results of your tests, Dr. Sayan will comprise a treatment plan specific to your issue, lifestyle, age, and other factors. Interventions may include:
- Lifestyle changes (e.g. exercise, heart-healthy diet, stress reduction, and smoking cessation)
- Weight reduction
- Medications to control blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in the bloodstream
- Surgery to correct defects or place pacemakers/defibrillators
Be proactive about heart health
Dr. Ahmet Sayan and the friendly team at Virgin Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists urge their patients to seek out healthy preventive and treatment options. Let them help you by scheduling your heart check-up today at either of our two locations. For St. Thomas, phone (340) 714-2845, or for the St. Croix office, call (340) 692-5000.
How your doctors in St. Thomas and St. Croix can help your high blood pressure
Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is caused when the blood flowing through your arteries is slowed down or blocked by resistance from narrowed artery walls. Caused by fatty plaque deposits due to high cholesterol and other related factors, hypertension is a silent killer because it can go undetected for years without causing any signs or symptoms. Fortunately, the doctors here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists offer a wide range of medical services, including the discovery, management, and treatment of hypertension. With convenient office locations in both St. Thomas and St. Croix, read on to learn if you could benefit from our hypertension treatment.
Do you have hypertension?
One of the most important signs of hypertension is a high blood pressure reading. A normal reading for a healthy adult is around 120/80, and a reading that exceeds these numbers may indicate hypertension. However, it’s important not to solely rely on a single blood pressure reading, because this number can be affected by stress, activity, and other factors.
In addition to blood pressure measurement, you may also experience these signs and symptoms:
- Facial flushing
- Blood spots in your eyes
Many people who have hypertension also complain of headaches or nosebleeds, however, these symptoms may also be caused by conditions other than hypertension.
How we can help
If you have been experiencing the above symptoms, make sure to schedule an appointment at one of our offices. After all, uncontrolled hypertension can shorten your life!
During a consultation, your doctor can definitively determine whether or not you have hypertension, and if the results are positive, the condition can be treated with medications, including:
- Diuretics, to help you eliminate excess water in your tissues
- Beta-blockers, to open blood vessels and reduce how hard your heart has to work
- ACE inhibitors, to relax blood vessels
- Calcium channel blockers, to relax blood vessels and decrease your heart rate
Concerned? Contact us
To find out more about hypertension causes, signs, and treatment, call the doctors here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, with offices in St. Thomas and St. Croix. Dial (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas office, or (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix office.
How do you know you are at risk for a heart attack?
Cardiologist Dr. Ahmet Sayan of DBA Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, can identify subtle signs that may indicate heart issues and recommends treatment options at his St. Thomas and St. Croix office.
When should you visit your cardiologist in St. Thomas and St. Croix and when are you at risk for a heart attack?
- If you're experiencing chest pain or discomfort, then you may want to speak with your doctor. Chest pain mimics heartburn, noticeable during exercise and severe chest pain may result in nausea, vomiting, pain that extends to your arms, jaw, neck, or shoulders. Call 911 immediately if you have these symptoms.
- Feeling fatigued, especially during the workweek or due to a recent illness, may make you feel more tired. Visit your cardiologist if you feel very tired, weak, or dizzy for no obvious reason.
- If you have a family history of heart disease, your cardiologist needs to evaluate your heart disease risk.
- Contact your cardiologist if you suffer from certain chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and high cholesterol.
- Smokers have an increased risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
- If you start noticing shortness of breath or palpitations, this can be a sign of several heart conditions.
More About Chronic Diseases:
High Blood Pressure: As mentioned above, if you suffer from long-term high blood pressure, contact your cardiologist for specific prescription medication to lower your blood pressure.
Heart Palpitations: This leads to shortness of breath, dizziness, or anxiety, especially if the heart palpitations occur regularly.
High Cholesterol: This condition leads to arteriel plaque buildup which increases the risk of heart attack. Medicine, regular exercise and a healthy diet can keep cholesterol under control.
If it’s time to schedule a cardiologist, then call DBA Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix today!
Find out when your symptoms mean it’s time to schedule a trip to the cardiologist’s office.
Are you noticing changes in your heart rhythm? Experiencing shortness of breath or chest tightness? Led by Dr. Jeffrey Chase and cardiologist Dr. Ahmet Sayan, our medical team in St. Thomas and St. Croix provides a full range of general medical and cardiac services to ensure that patients get the treatment that they need. Here are some signs that it’s time to see your local cardiologist.
This is the symptom that most often brings people to our office in St. Thomas and St. Croix. Sure, there are non-cardiac reasons why you may be experiencing chest pain, however, more often than not, it is a symptom of a heart problem. Fortunately, our doctors can help you figure out what’s causing the pain.
However, if your chest pain is sudden and severe this could be a sign of a heart attack. This is extremely serious and requires immediate medical attention. If you think, that you might be having a heart attack, please call 911.
High Blood Pressure
Were you surprised to hear that your blood pressure was high during your last routine checkup or physical? Do you monitor your own blood pressure and notice that it's often elevated? High blood pressure doesn’t typically cause symptoms, so many people could have the condition and not even know it. This is why visiting your doctor once a year is imperative for strong long-term health. If you find out that your blood pressure is high, it’s important to follow-up with a cardiologist who can prescribe medication and lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure.
If your heart feels like it’s fluttering or beating too quickly you could be dealing with an arrhythmia (a condition that affects the rhythm of your heart) or coronary artery disease. Heart palpitations may also lead to shortness of breath, dizziness, or anxiety. If you notice that heart palpitations are happening regularly, it’s important to see your cardiologist.
Has your doctor told you that you have high cholesterol? This condition can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries, increasing the risk for a heart attack. One way to lower cholesterol is through a healthier diet and regular exercise; however, your doctor may also prescribe medications to help you get your cholesterol under control.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If it’s time to schedule a cardiology visit in St. Thomas or St. Croix, then call Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine today! Dial (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas office, or (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix location.
Characters on TV shows aren't the most reliable source of information when it comes to heart conditions, yet many of us associate cardiac symptoms with what we see on the screen. In fact, you may never clutch your chest dramatically or even experience intense pain if there's an issue with your heart. Luckily, your St. Thomas and St. Croix cardiologist, Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, can identify subtle signs that may indicate a heart problem and offer treatment options.
Should I make an appointment with a St. Thomas or St. Croix cardiologist?
You may want to pay a visit to your cardiologist if you:
- Experience Chest Pain or Discomfort: Chest pain can come or go or may mimic heartburn. In some cases, you may only notice it when you exercise. If you experience severe chest pain, squeezing or pressure in your chest, nausea, vomiting, pain that extends to your arms, jaw, neck, or shoulders, or other possible signs of a heart attack, go to the emergency room immediately.
- Are Fatigued: A particularly grueling workweek or a recent illness may make you feel more tired than usual. However, if you've recently begun to feel very tired, weak, or dizzy for no obvious reason, it's a good idea to visit a cardiologist.
- Have a Family History of Heart Disease: Your cardiologist can help you evaluate your heart disease risk, spot early signs of heart disease and offer treatments.
- Suffer from Certain Chronic Health Conditions: Diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and high cholesterol can raise your risk of heart disease.
- Smoke: Smoking not only increases your risk of developing cancer but can also increase the likelihood of heart disease.
- Notice Shortness of Breath or Palpitations: Shortness of breath and palpitations can be signs of several heart conditions.
- Are Ready to Begin an Ambitious Exercise Program: It's always a good idea to get a clean bill of health from a cardiologist before you begin any intense exercise program, particularly if you're over 40.
Protect your health with a visit to the cardiologist. Make an appointment with Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, by calling (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas office or (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix office.