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Cardiology

SIPMD

Primary Care located in Phoenix, AZ

You might need an expert in cardiology if you’re experiencing symptoms of a heart problem. SIPMD, based in Surprise, Arizona, has a network of specialist physicians delivering medical services such as cardiology to residents in assisted living, independent living, group homes, senior retirement, and memory care communities. You can benefit from their expertise without leaving home, either by using SIPMD’s secure telehealth option or arranging a home visit. To find out more, call or use the online booking form today.

Cardiology Q&A

What is cardiology?

Cardiology focuses on the health and function of your heart and blood vessels. Common cardiology conditions include:

Hypertension

Hypertension is high blood pressure. It’s a condition that causes almost no symptoms but results in long-term damage to your blood vessels.

Coronary artery disease (CAD)

CAD results from an accumulation of plaque in your heart’s arteries. Plaque, which forms due to high cholesterol levels in your blood, coats the interior lining of the arteries and reduces the space for blood flow. CAD can result in blockages of the arteries that lead to heart attacks.

Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia is where your heart beats too slowly, too quickly, or with an irregular rhythm. There are many kinds of arrhythmia, including atrial fibrillation.

Congestive heart failure

Congestive heart failure is a chronic disorder that occurs when your heart can no longer pump properly, depriving your body of oxygen.

Heart problems are prevalent in older people. The SIPMD providers have extensive experience in cardiology and can assess patients for heart conditions in their homes using mobile technologies.

Heart and circulatory disorders can lead to potentially life-threatening events such as heart attacks and strokes, so early intervention is vital if you have any signs of heart problems.

What symptoms indicate I need a cardiology consultation?

You might benefit from a cardiology consultation with a SIPMD physician if you have symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Tightness or pressure in your chest
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Swollen hands, feet, or ankles
  • Feeling tired 

Your risk of experiencing heart problems increases with age. Other factors that influence your risk include a family history of heart disease, smoking, and other health problems like diabetes.

What treatments are available for cardiology conditions?

If you have a heart condition, your expert in cardiology from SIPMD can often treat you with medications. 

These medications include, for example, statins to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure-lowering medicines, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors to help regulate your heartbeat.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is also vital to heart health. Quitting smoking, eating a nutritious diet that’s low in saturated fat, losing weight, and getting more exercise are all effective ways to care for your heart. 

Your provider from SIPMD can help you with the particular challenges older people face in making lifestyle changes.

To find out if you have a cardiology problem, call SIPMD or use the online form today to schedule a telehealth consultation or book a home visit.