Cardiology is one of the most prevalent branches of medicine. It is also one of the most complicated ones, which makes it a very special field to work with. Cardiologists in Sydney are considered some of the best doctors in the world. The same can be said about their specialty: the best cardiologists in Sydney diagnose and treat different heart-related issues that could come from any part of your body (not just your heart) and even from other factors, such as diet or lifestyle choices.
Coronary artery disease
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia. Coronary artery disease (CAD), which accounts for over 60% of heart attacks, is the most common type of cardiovascular disease and occurs when plaque builds up in your arteries. This can narrow or block blood flow to the heart muscle or other areas of your body such as your brain, kidneys, and legs. The major risk factors for CAD include: Smoking Atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) Hypertension (high blood pressure) Diabetes
If you have an irregular heartbeat, it’s likely because of arrhythmia. Arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms that can cause symptoms like palpitations (a feeling like your heart is racing), lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Arrhythmias can also cause fainting spells or even sudden death if they aren’t treated properly. The most common type of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation (AFib). This is a heart condition where the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly, causing blood to pool in those chambers. An irregular heartbeat can cause your heart rate to vary between fast and slow, making it challenging for your body to function properly. There are many other types of arrhythmias, including atrial flutter and ventricular tachycardia. Some causes of arrhythmias include heart disease, high blood pressure, alcohol abuse, and prescription medications.
Hypertension? Seek help from Cardiologists Drummoyne
Hypertension is a condition where the blood pressure is higher than normal. Hypertension can be systolic, diastolic, or both.
- Systolic hypertension – When the heart beats harder to push the blood through the vessels
- Diastolic hypertension – When the heart pumps harder to push the blood through the vessels
Hypertension is a serious condition, and it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other complications. It’s important to maintain healthy blood pressure levels by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. If you have high blood pressure, consult Cardiologists Drummoyne for regular checkups and treatment. These drugs can help reduce your blood pressure and improve your health. But they’re not always effective—and they come with side effects.
Congestive heart failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. The diagnosis of CHF is made by talking with you about your symptoms, performing a physical exam, and ordering tests such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) or chest X-ray. If necessary, other tests may be ordered such as an echocardiogram or cardiac catheterization. Symptoms of congestive heart failure include shortness of breath; fatigue; swelling in the legs and ankles; rapid heartbeat; feeling faint when standing up quickly; frequent nighttime urination due to increased fluid retention; fluid retention in the lungs, causing coughing spells or wheezing sounds during breathing; and an inability to exercise because of shortness of breath. Congestive heart failure may be caused by another condition, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, valve disease, or infection.
Valvular heart disease
Valvular heart disease is a condition in which one or more of your heart valves don’t function properly. It can lead to problems with blood flow, such as dizziness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Valvular heart disease may be caused by:
- A birth defect (a congenital abnormality)
- Infection or inflammation in the valve(s) – this could be due to rheumatic fever (an autoimmune disorder), bacterial endocarditis (a bacterial infection), or Kawasaki disease (an inflammatory disease of unknown origin).
A congenital abnormality that causes a valve to be too small, or for the heart muscle to grow into it. A congenital abnormality that makes the valves leaky and prone to regurgitation (backflow of blood).
Heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to call 000 immediately. Do not drive yourself to the hospital and do not take aspirin or other blood thinners unless advised to by a doctor. If you are having a heart attack, time is of the essence. You must get to the hospital as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please consult your doctor. A heart attack can be a scary experience, but it is important to know what to do if you are experiencing chest pain. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please consult your doctor.
We are the Cardiac Diagnostics Sydney
We are the best at what we do, and that’s treating heart disease and its related conditions. Our goal is to provide our patients with an excellent level of care, which includes providing them with information about their condition, treatment options, and any risks associated with surgery or medication. If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms that could indicate a heart problem such as chest pain or shortness of breath, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately so we can arrange for an appointment at one of our convenient locations across Sydney (including Bondi Junction). At Cardiologists Sydney, we have a team of highly skilled cardiologists who are committed to providing you with the best treatment possible. The philosophy of Cardiac Diagnostics Sydney is that the earlier a diagnosis is made, and the sooner surgery has been performed, if necessary, the better your chances of recovery are.
The team at Cardiology Drummoyne is dedicated to providing the best care for our patients. If you have any questions about your heart health, please contact us today.