More than 8% of adults 35 and older in Massachusetts have heart disease, which increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Board-certified internal medicine and nephrology physician Charles Malis, MD, at Concord Health Center in Concord, Massachusetts, specializes in the diagnosis and management of heart disease and can provide the care you need for better heart health. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.
Heart disease is a general medical term that describes any condition that affects the heart. However, heart disease is used interchangeably with cardiovascular disease, which specifically refers to the narrowing or blockage in your blood vessels that leads to a heart attack or stroke.
The narrowing of your blood vessels occurs due to the buildup of plaque along the blood vessel walls, which is a condition known as atherosclerosis. High cholesterol, diabetes, and being a smoker increase your risk of atherosclerosis.
The disruption in blood flow through your blood vessels caused by your heart disease can lead to many serious health issues. Some of the health complications include:
A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to your heart is blocked, most often by a blood clot. Without an adequate supply of blood, the tissue in your heart may die.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood and oxygen to your brain gets blocked or ruptures. Like your heart, without an adequate supply of oxygen, the brain cells die.
If your heart isn’t able to adequately pump blood throughout your body, then you’re in heart failure.
If you’re experiencing chest discomfort, pain, or indigestion, then you may be experiencing angina, which can be a symptom of heart disease.
Unless you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, you may not be aware that you have heart disease. At Concord Health Center, Dr. Malis conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office with concerns about heart health so that he can provide you with the answers you’re looking for.
During your evaluation, he obtains detailed information about your:
He then performs a physical exam and orders diagnostic tests to further evaluate your heart and overall health.
Dr. Malis develops personalized treatment plans for the management of heart disease. The specifics of your treatment plan may depend on the severity of your heart disease and medical history, and may include:
Dr. Malis takes the time needed to review all of your treatment options, and together you come up with a plan that fits your health needs and goals.
For a heart disease evaluation and treatment from an experienced physician, call Concord Health Center, or use the online booking tool today.