Internal Medicine Primary Care, P. A.

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Flowood, MS

Good cardiovascular health is critical to your overall health and well-being, but high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and chest discomfort can all be signs of cardiovascular disease. To get screened for cardiovascular disease, visit Internal Medicine Primary Care, PA, in Flowood, Mississippi. Internal medicine specialist Imad Tahboub, MD, has more than 30 years of experience providing quality care of heart health. To schedule a visit and get your heart checked, call or book online today.

Cardiovascular Q & A

Why is cardiovascular health important?

Your cardiovascular system includes your heart and all of your blood vessels and is critical for your organs, muscles, and tissues to receive proper blood supply and oxygen for living. When your cardiovascular system is compromised, it can prevent you from doing normal activities like exercising, working, doing household chores, and caring for yourself.

Dr. Tahboub provides diagnosis and treatment of all types of cardiovascular conditions and can help identify any risk factors you might have in order to prevent heart disease or other complications.

What types of cardiovascular conditions can affect me?

Cardiovascular conditions affect both men and women and typically begin to show symptoms after age 40. Common cardiovascular conditions that might affect you include:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart valve problems

In most cases, it can take years or decades to develop a cardiovascular condition, so early screenings throughout adulthood can help identify issues before they become bigger problems.

How are cardiovascular conditions diagnosed?

Dr. Tahboub performs extensive tests using state-of-the-art equipment to provide you with an accurate and efficient diagnosis. Basic cardiovascular screenings include blood pressure readings and common blood tests to check your cholesterol levels.

More advanced testing will be recommended if the preliminary tests show abnormalities. Follow-up screenings every six months, or more frequently, could be recommended along with additional tests:

  • Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Echocardiograms (echo)
  • Cardiac CT scan
  • Exercise stress tests
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • X-rays or MRIs

Dr. Tahboub uses the least invasive tests whenever possible so that your experience is comfortable and you get the answers you need. Based on your tests, Dr. Tahboub can recommend lifestyle changes or medical treatments to improve your heart health.

How can I improve my heart health?

If you want to improve your heart health and reduce the risk of developing a cardiovascular condition or better manage your diagnosis, Dr. Tahboub recommends the following lifestyle suggestions:

  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Quit smoking and avoid using any tobacco products
  • Limit alcohol consumption

For those with cardiovascular conditions that require medical treatment, Dr. Tahboub prescribes appropriate medications for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and improving the ability of your heart to pump.

To schedule a cardiovascular exam at Internal Medicine Primary Care, book online or call now.

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