Hypertension and heart disease are among the most common health problems in the country, but they can have some very dangerous consequences. While many people develop hypertension without ever realizing it, it can cause lasting damage before you even notice a symptom. That’s why it’s important to see Brij Vaid, MD, regularly for check-ups. And if you already have hypertension, then it’s important to monitor it closely. For diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and hypertension in the Clayton, Missouri, area, call Personalized Direct Care or set up an appointment online today.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a long-term condition that occurs when the pressure of your blood traveling through veins and arteries becomes so great that it can cause health problems. Many people can have hypertension without a single symptom, but Dr. Vaid will be able to recognize it, so it’s important to get regular exams to catch it as early as possible.
Because hypertension is so closely associated with more dangerous forms of heart disease, it should be monitored closely and you should see Dr. Vaid if you begin to feel faint, shortness of breath, or pain in your chest. This way you can get one of several tests, like an EKG or a Holter monitor, to determine if you need medical intervention.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the result of plaque building up in and blocking your arteries, greatly increasing the risk of heart attack. Plaque builds up in the arteries over time, and its production increases if you’re a smoker or have diabetes or high cholesterol. The more plaque builds up, the higher your blood pressure and the greater the strain on your heart.
CAD is very dangerous, but the danger can be mitigated if it’s caught early and monitored by an experienced physician like Dr. Vaid.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test that detects and measures the electrical signals in your heart and is often the first test you will get if you or your doctor is worried about a cardiac episode.
The EKG is completely painless, simple to perform, and can give results in minutes. EKG machines are standard equipment in hospitals and ambulances across the country. Dr. Vaid will attach several sensors to your chest and limbs, and monitor the rhythm, speed, and urgency of your heartbeat, among other factors, before deciding how to proceed.
Dr. Vaid could ask you to wear a Holter device as you go about your day to get a better sense of your overall heart health.
The device functions in much the same way as an EKG with one crucial difference: the Holter device is portable, allowing your doctor to see how your heart performs over a much longer period of time and through a wider variety of circumstances than is possible if you’re just sitting in the office.
Over a longer period of time, usually about 24 hours, Dr. Vaid will be able to know more about how your heart functions at different times of day and different stress levels.
If you’re interested in treating your hypertension, or in learning more about it, call the office or set up an appointment online today.