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Preventative Healthcare services offered in Floral Park, NY & Jackson Heights, NY

More than 600,000 people die from heart disease every year in the United States. Anyone can develop heart disease, but you can take steps right now to reduce your risk and improve your heart health. At Floral Park Medical, P.C. and Cross Island Medical, Himanshu Pandya, MD, and the team specialize in treating heart disease and the health conditions that increase your risk of heart disease. For a patient-centered approach to care, call the office in the Jackson Heights or Floral Park neighborhood of Queens, New York, or book an appointment online today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease includes any condition that affects the structure or function of your heart. There are many conditions associated with heart disease, including:

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease is a narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart. The narrowing or blockage develops from the buildup of plaque along the wall of the arteries.

Coronary artery disease is the most common cause of heart disease. 

Heart arrhythmias

Heart arrhythmias are a type of heart disease that causes an abnormal heartbeat.

Valvular heart disease

Valvular heart disease includes conditions that affect the structure or function of the valves that direct blood flow through your heart. 

What are heart disease risk factors?

Many factors increase your risk of developing heart disease, including:

  • Smoking
  • Eating an unhealthy diet
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • History of high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese

Making lifestyle changes and gaining control over the health conditions that increase your risk of heart disease may improve heart health and prevent future heart problems.

Dr. Pandya is an experienced internal medicine physician who takes a patient-centered approach to care. He understands all the factors that affect heart health and works with you to address high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Our office also offers weight loss help for patients struggling to reach their weight goals. 

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

Symptoms of heart disease vary and depend on the type. However, many people may not realize they have heart disease until they experience chest pain or have a heart attack.

Common symptoms of heart disease include:

  • Chest pain
  • Chest pain during physical activity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

If you have chest pain or think you’re having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

How is heart disease treated?

Dr. Pandya and the team at Floral Park Medical, P.C., and Cross Island Medical create individualized treatment plans for heart disease based on type, severity of symptoms, and risk factors. 

However, no matter what type of heart disease you have, Dr. Pandya encourages a healthy lifestyle to improve heart health, such as eating a heart-healthy diet and getting regular exercise. He may also prescribe medication to improve blood pressure or blood cholesterol numbers.

If you’re concerned about your heart health, call our offices or schedule a consultation online today.