Heart Disease Treatment

Fan Yang, MD -  - Internist

Healthville

Fan Yang, MD

Internist located in Little Rock, AR

Heart disease is an equal opportunity health problem: It’s the top cause of death in women and men, and in all ethnic and racial groups. Fan Yang, MD, at Healthville PLLC, creates customized treatment plans to help prevent heart disease, offers key diagnostic tests, and provides long-term medical management of all types of heart disease. If you have symptoms of heart disease or questions about your health, call the office in Little Rock, Arkansas, or book an appointment online.

Heart Disease Q & A

What are the most common types of heart disease?

Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, includes many health conditions that affect your heart and blood vessels. These are some of the most frequently diagnosed heart problems:

  • Coronary artery disease (hardening and narrowing of arteries that supply blood to the heart)
  • Peripheral artery disease (hardening and narrowing of arteries in legs, arms, and abdomen)
  • Vascular disease (blood clots, aneurysms)
  • Cardiomyopathy (diseases of the heart muscles)
  • Heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
  • Valvular disease (disease that affects your heart valves)
  • Myocarditis (inflamed heart muscles)

Out of all the types of heart disease, coronary artery disease is the most common heart problem.

What do I need to know about coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease develops when cholesterol builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your heart. Over time, these fatty buildups harden and form plaques, causing a condition called atherosclerosis.

As plaque blocks blood flow, you may experience:

  • Chest pain or feeling of pressure in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart attack

The most important thing to know about coronary artery disease is that it’s often preventable. High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for coronary artery disease, so keeping your blood pressure under control may prevent atherosclerosis.

The other primary causes of coronary artery disease -- high cholesterol, being overweight, diabetes, and cigarette smoking -- can also be eliminated or controlled with lifestyle changes or medical care.

What other symptoms develop due to heart disease?

The symptoms you develop depend on the type of heart disease. Peripheral artery disease causes pain or cramping in your legs or arms that’s triggered by activity.

If you have a heart arrhythmia, you may feel like your heart is fluttering, missing a beat, racing, or beating slowly. Heart failure causes swelling in your legs and abdomen. They can all lead to shortness of breath and chest pain.

Will I receive tests to diagnose heart disease?

Dr. Yang protects your health by performing two key diagnostic tests:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) to record the electrical activity of your heart
  • Echocardiogram that uses soundwaves (ultrasound) to produce images of your heart

Your treatment may include medication, lifestyle changes, or surgical intervention, depending on the type and severity of your heart disease.

When you need ongoing management for heart disease, call Healthville PLLC or book an appointment online.