Treatment Options for Heart Disease
By Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
September 30, 2019
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Disease  

Have you been diagnosed with heart disease? If so, you need to know your treatment options. Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and heart diseaseMedical 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.

 

Worrisome numbers

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:

  • EKG
  • 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:

  1. Lifestyle changes (e.g. exercise, heart-healthy diet, stress reduction, and smoking cessation)
  2. Weight reduction
  3. Medications to control blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in the bloodstream
  4. 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.

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