By Grand Rapids Cardiology
July 09, 2018
Find out what heart disease treatments are available and which one might be right for you.
If your Grand Rapids, MI cardiologist, Dr. Ronald L. VanderLaan, has just diagnosed you with heart disease, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. But know that you don’t have to do it alone. There are so many heart disease treatments available, and we will work together with you to determine which one will be the most effective.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, it’s important that you and your heart doctor in Grand Rapids create a treatment plan. The goals of treatment are designed to manage your condition while controlling symptoms for the long run.
Some of the simplest changes you’ll need to adopt will come in the form of diet, exercise, stress management, and other lifestyle factors. However, medication and other conventional treatment options are also required when you have heart disease.
If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. If you drink, moderation is key. This means no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. But if you can, try to abstain from alcohol.
You should also start an exercise regiment, which we would be happy to help you with. You should find exercises that fit with your lifestyle and improve your health. Exercise will help to strengthen both your heart and your blood vessels as well as reduce stress.
Managing your stress can also go a long way to both preventing and treating heart disease. Whether this comes in the form of meditation or yoga, we can help you find which methods would work best for you.
Being overweight and eating foods high in sodium and trans fat can also put you at a higher risk for heart disease (and cause further issues for those who’ve already been diagnosed). Changing your diet by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, protein, and fibrous grains into the mix and lowering the amount of sodium and trans fats you consume will help.
Heart Disease Treatments
There are many different types of heart disease including:
- Heart attack
- Heart valve disease
- Heart failure
- Coronary Artery Disease
The type of medications we recommend will depend on the type of heart disease you have. Medication is a standard form of treatment that you will be required to take for the rest of your life. For those with heart valve or arrhythmia problems, a pacemaker or heart valve surgery may be required. Those who have had a heart attack may require a coronary angioplasty (to increase blood flow through the blocked artery).
Have questions about your treatment options? Need to schedule your next checkup? Then turn to our Grand Rapids, MI heart doctor at Grand Rapids Cardiology.