10 December 2019

YCL Health Beat Talk Show: Heart disease common symptoms, risk factors, and treatments

Dr. Haytham Aljoudi, MD, and Interventional Cardiologist at Dameron Hospital's Pacific Heart, and Vascular Cardiac Care Center, discusses with ABC10's ...

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every year 25% of deaths in the United States are caused by cardiovascular disease today I'm with dr. - al Judy at Dameron Hospital to learn how to take our cardiac health to heart doctor tell me what are some of the symptoms for heart disease yes so we have a wide range of symptoms that can be the reason or behind the heart disease there is a group of classical or common symptoms that everybody kind of knows and a typical or unusual sentence that also can be a representation of a heart disease the classical ones like chest pain which we call it angina when it's when the pain is coming from the heart that's in a specific location on the left side of the chest goes to the neck in the shoulder but not every heart disease present with the classical other common symptoms you may come with a heart disease with the symptoms only feeling fatigued or tired or short of breath and these are kind of atypical not straightforward centers so you have to watch for the wide range of symptoms not just for one what about risk factors one of those also risk factors basically two major groups of risk factors for heart disease the first group of the

risk factors we call it non-modifiable or we cannot change and basically these things are the things you are born with that you cannot change the genes the age by the time you get older your risks are higher the gender whether you are male or female and those we call them the non-modifiable risk factors but there's other rest factors you may get that we can change or at least intervene to lower your risk from the second group of risk factors like having diabetes high blood pressure high cholesterol and those kind of extractors how are you able to diagnose someone with heart disease well you start first with the medical history in the symptoms you have so the first step in the diagnosis is to meet with your physician or cardiologist to tell him what you feel how you feel your symptoms including with a chest pain or shortness of breath or fatigue or tire other other global big sentence then if the suspicion is significant for heart disease we move to the next step by doing simple tests as having electrocardiogram what we call it EKG to check the rhythm and the electricity of the heart some other simple tests or

non-invasive tests an ultrasound of the heart which we call it the echo or a stress test if you need it to put you on the treadmill and try to stress your heart under stressful conditions see if you get any changes in the ramp or the electricity if one of these tests become positive or suspicious for significant disease again then the most definitive diagnostic is to go for angiography or heart catheterization and from there you find out what you have advantages or no passages how many blockages then the treatment will be based on that you mentioned treatment what are some of the treatments for heart disease again treatment is a wide range but it starts from simple preventive measures when you have risk factors but you don't have the disease yet you actively intervene ahead of time and control your diabetes and your blood pressure to prevent the development of further indices for progression of the disease the second step when you have some disease that's not obstructive then you treat that soil like with cholesterol medicines and blood pressure medicines that you have a disease but it's not significant enough once you

have significant blockages or tight blockages of the coronary artery disease when you have mainly the two options are standing or ballooning and putting a stent for simple I mean of them the blockages or if it's too bad or too long you can do a bypass surgery by open-heart what would you say to someone who made the experiencing heart disease or thinks that they may have heart to come down and and have him read their doctor and he's very knowledgeable he explained what he had done what he was going to do before he done anything ask me did I have any questions and I I just think he's a very good doctor I had come by ambulance and they had the lights going and stuff and I said what hospital are you taking me to and they said and I said no you're not and he said yes we are and I said no I said you might as well stop right here because I'm going to damron or I'm not going so you felt that strongly about I did feel that strong about it and I still do where can our viewers go for more information well if they need more information they can go to damron hospital this org they will find all the

information they need over there thank you doctor thank you