Heart Disease Specialist

St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group

Family Practice & Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in Lynwood, CA

You’ve probably heard that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Preventing heart disease or managing existing cases are goals of family practitioner Jatin Bhatt, MD, and pediatrician Chong Tak, MD, of St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group in Lynwood, California. If you’re at risk of heart disease or have been diagnosed, call the office or use the online tool to request an appointment today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is not just one condition, but rather of collection of conditions that affect your heart, including:

  • Coronary artery disease that affects your blood vessels
  • Arrhythmias that affect your heart’s rhythm
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Disease of the heart muscle or valves
  • Heart infection

While not all forms of heart disease are preventable, many are, thanks to good lifestyle choices and medical support.

Who is at risk of developing heart disease?

Many risk factors for heart disease are controllable with lifestyle, healthy diet, and exercise. Uncontrollable risk factors include being of older age, being a male, or having a family history of the disease.

More controllable and manageable factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High stress
  • Poor dental health
  • High cholesterol
  • Poorly managed diabetes

If you have any of these controllable risk factors, Dr. Bhatt can help you make changes to improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing debilitating heart disease.

Why should I worry about heart disease?

Heart disease can negatively affect how you feel, your energy levels, and your very long-term health. Heart disease causes serious complications, including:

  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Aneurysm

At St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group, Dr. Bhatt and his colleagues are dedicated to helping you manage your heart disease and reversing the lifestyle habits that contribute to its worsening.

What is involved in heart disease management?

If you do have heart disease or are at risk of developing it, Dr. Bhatt recommends specific lifestyle changes that include a low-sodium, low-fat diet, getting adequate physical activity, quitting smoking, and avoiding excessive alcohol intake.

In some cases, you may need specific medications to control heart disease and hypertension. Dr. Bhatt offers the prescriptions that are most appropriate for your condition, and he helps you manage refills and potential side effects.

If you have complications that require more detailed evaluations or medical procedures, Dr. Bhatt can refer you to a trusted provider in the area and support you as you progress through treatment.

Heart disease is a serious condition that requires expert management. Call St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group to learn more or use the online tool to request an appointment.