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Heart Health Specialist

Murphy Medical Associates

Acute Primary Care & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Greenwich, Stamford, & Stratford, CT

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, which is why maintaining optimal heart health is so important. At Murphy Medical Associates in Stamford, Stratford, and Greenwich, Connecticut, the primary care team offers screening, detection, and treatment for heart disease and its risk factors to improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Murphy Medical Associates over the phone or online today.

Heart Health Q & A

What is heart health?

Heart health affects the structure of your heart and how well it functions. Heart disease is a range of medical conditions that affect your heart and blood vessels. Maintaining a healthy heart helps reduce your risk of developing a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure in the future.

What are the symptoms of heart problems?

If you have a heart or blood vessel disorder you might experience one or more of the following:

  • Chest tightness, pressure, or pain
  • Shortness of breath or breathlessness
  • Weakness or numbness in your limbs
  • Fluttering in the chest
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Pale blue or gray skin
  • Swelling in your limbs

You might not experience symptoms with heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, which is why routine heart health screenings are important.

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

Anybody can get heart disease, but the following factors increase your chances of developing it:

  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Older age
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Smoking
  • Some cancer treatments
  • High blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Physical inactivity

Simple healthy lifestyle changes, such as getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight, can drastically reduce heart disease risks.

How are heart problems diagnosed?

To detect or rule out heart problems, your Murphy Medical Associates provider reviews your medical history and asks questions about your symptoms. They check your weight, blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs.

Your doctor completes a comprehensive physical examination. They might use blood tests to measure cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar, or recommend an electrocardiogram (EKG) or stress test to evaluate your heart’s activity. Your primary care specialist might utilize an MRI or a CT scan to make a final diagnosis.

How can I optimize heart health?

Your personalized heart health treatment plan is based on your disease risk factors and diagnosis. Your Murphy Medical Associates provider might recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Healthy lifestyle changes
  • Dietary supplements
  • Medications
  • Surgical procedures

Your primary care specialist monitors disease risk factors regularly and can make adjustments to heart health treatment plans when necessary.

Don’t let heart disease and its risk factors go undetected and lead to serious complications. Schedule a screening with Murphy Medical Associates over the phone or online today.