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Heart Disease Specialist

Mayfair Family Care -  - Primary Care Practice

Mayfair Family Care

Primary Care Practice in a Private Medical Group located in Chicago, IL

Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, causes about 1 in 4 deaths in American today. It’s a scary statistic, but there’s positive news, too: Heart disease is often preventable. At Mayfair Family Care in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago, a team of experienced and dedicated care providers treats heart disease and all its associated conditions, including high cholesterol and hypertension. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a narrowing of the arteries that deliver oxygenated blood to your heart. Your arteries grow narrow because of plaque buildup, which is made of fatty materials. Heart disease can cause such severe artery narrowing that the blood flow to your heart nearly stops, or stops completely. 

Today, heart disease is the most deadly health conditions affecting Americans.

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

Often, in the early stages of heart disease symptoms aren’t obvious. But, as the plaque buildup narrows your arteries further, you might experience the following symptoms. 

  • Chest, neck, back, upper abdomen, or jaw pain
  • Heavy or constricted feeling in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • An unusual amount of fatigue after physical activity

It’s important to respond quickly when you have these symptoms. Your Mayfair Family Care doctor can diagnose the problem and help you avoid serious consequences like stroke or heart attack. 

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

Many of the risk factors are controllable. Two very common risk factors are high cholesterol and high blood pressure. 

High cholesterol

When your blood cholesterol levels are high, it causes plaque formation in your arteries. This leads to the artery narrowing that prevents good blood supply to your heart.

High blood pressure

When you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, it can thicken and harden your arteries, which makes it difficult for blood to reach your heart. 

There are many other controllable risk factors for heart disease, some of which are closely related to high blood pressure and high cholesterol, including:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Diet with too much fat, sugar, salt, and cholesterol 
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor oral health

Some risk factors that you can't control include age, family history of heart disease, and sex. Although men have a higher risk for heart disease normally, the risk for women increases after menopause.

How is heart disease treated?

Your Mayfair Family Care physician designs a treatment plan to get your health back on track. By resolving underlying issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure you can improve your health and prevent heart disease from worsening. Common recommendations include:

  • Lowering cholesterol levels through medication and a healthy diet
  • Reducing blood pressure to less than 130/80 through medication and lifestyle 
  • Tightly controlling diabetes through lifestyle, medication, or both

If you have advanced heart disease, you might need cardiac rehabilitation, surgery, or other treatments. Your Mayfair Family Care physician might refer you to a cardiac specialist if needed but are always be here for all of your health needs. 

Use the online scheduler or call Mayfair Family Care for the best internal medicine care in Chicago today.