Cardiovascular Conditions

At Destiny Internal Medicine, we are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive cardiovascular care. We recognize that a healthy heart is a vital component of overall well-being. 

We take cardiovascular care beyond treating symptoms. Our focus is always on empowering you to achieve optimal heart health. Our team stands at the forefront of comprehensive cardiovascular care. 

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a condition where the force of blood against the artery walls is consistently too high. It's more than just a number on a monitor and is a significant risk factor for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular issues.

Understanding your blood pressure is the first step in achieving good cardiovascular health. 

Diagnosing Hypertension

Our diagnostic methods include in-depth assessments during office visits and advanced monitoring techniques. Regular checks are essential to track your blood pressure effectively, providing insights into patterns and fluctuations. 

If you are at high risk for hypertension or have received a confirmed diagnosis, checking your blood pressure reading regularly is essential to identify fluctuations that can cause further complications.

Risk factors can include age, family history, inactive lifestyle, unhealthy diet, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption.

Treating Hypertension

Destiny Internal Medicine takes a comprehensive approach to help control hypertension. Lifestyle modifications are a key factor in managing high blood pressure. This can include personalized dietary plans, exercise regimens, and stress management strategies. 

Pharmacological interventions may also be recommended in some cases. Our collaborative strategy ensures you are an active participant in the decision-making process. We work with you to create a personalized treatment plan, empowering you to maintain optimal blood pressure levels.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is not a singular entity but a spectrum of conditions, each requiring a nuanced and individualized treatment approach. 

  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): Occurs due to plaque buildup in coronary arteries, impacting heart function
  • Heart failure: Happens when the heart muscle is too weak to pump blood effectively
  • Arrhythmias: Happens when your heart rhythm is irregular 
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Occurs when narrowed arteries affect blood circulation, particularly in the extremities
  • Cardiomyopathy: This condition affects the heart muscle, affecting its pumping ability and causing stiffness in the heart muscle

Diagnosing Heart Disease

With heart disease, early diagnosis paves the way for timely interventions and improved outcomes. Common diagnostic tests used to identify heart disease include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG):
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Tests
  • Cardiac MRI and CT Scans

Treating Heart Disease

At Destiny Internal Medicine, we may recommend one or more of the following treatment options for managing your heart disease.

  • Lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes, exercise regimen, and stress management strategies
  • Medication may be recommended in some cases
  • Cardiac rehabilitation programs
  • Surgical interventions may be recommended in severe cases

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a vascular condition that is characterized by the formation of blood clots in deep veins, typically occurring in the legs. These clots can pose serious health risks if they dislodge and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. 

Chronic conditions like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and some genetic predispositions can increase your susceptibility to DVT. Lifestyle choices, such as prolonged immobility during travel or extended bed rest, can also become risk factors.

Diagnosing Deep Vein Thrombosis

DVT may cause varied symptoms based on its location in your body. Symptoms can include:

  • Swelling in the arm or leg
  • Pain or tenderness in the leg around the inner thigh or calf
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Chest pain

DVT symptoms are common across other types of heart conditions as well. This makes a confirmed diagnosis by a medical professional an important and necessary part of your care plan. 

Diagnostic tests for thrombosis involve checking your blood flow and identifying the location of the blood clot. Tests can include:

  • Blood tests
  • Venography
  • MRI or CT scan
  • Ultrasound

Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis

Treatment options for thrombosis usually depend on your age, overall health history, and lifestyle. Common treatments may include: 

  • Blood-thinning medications, known as anticoagulants
  • Medication to dissolve blood clots
  • Quitting smoking 
  • Losing weight
  • Surgical interventions to keep the blood vessels open

Treatment for Cardiovascular Conditions in Aurora

Maintaining good cardiovascular health needs knowledge, awareness, and proactive steps toward prevention. At Destiny Internal Medicine, we can provide you with the tools and resources needed to navigate this path confidently. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, call us at 720-324-4777 or request an appointment online. 

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