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Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills

Primary Care Practice located in Cameron, NC

A healthy heart is key to good health and long life. At Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills, our providers support your heart health with a variety of cardiology evaluations, treatments, and long-term management, if needed. If you live in Cameron, North Carolina, or the surrounding area, contact the office or book an appointment online to learn more about the practice’s cardiology services.

Cardiology Q & A

Why might I need specialized cardiovascular care?

Cardiology deals with evaluation and treatment of disorders of your heart and blood vessels. Heart disease, coronary artery disease, hypertension, and abnormal heart rhythms are issues that can be addressed with cardiology care at Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills.

What symptoms indicate I should seek cardiology care?

Symptoms of a heart problem can be alarming, and you should seek care promptly. Some of the concerning symptoms include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Dizziness
  • Chest pains
  • Changes in heart rate or rhythm
  • Shortness of breath

If you suffer from high blood pressure, these symptoms can be indicative of an immediate cardiac event.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when your blood pressure pushes too forcefully against the walls of your blood vessels. The increased pressure makes your heart and blood vessels work extra hard, wearing them out and putting stress on your body.

Your blood pressure reading includes two numbers: 1) the systolic or upper number which refers to the force generated as blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries, and 2) the diastolic or lower number, which refers to the force between each heartbeat.

Your nurse checks your blood pressure at most visits to Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills. This monitoring is essential since high blood pressure has few noticeable symptoms but can quietly cause damage to you internally.

An upper number between 120 and 139 and a lower number between 80 and 89 puts you in a category of prehypertension. Lifestyle changes, such as improved diet and more physical activity, can help ward off full hypertension.

A consistent measure of 140/90 or higher is diagnosed as high blood pressure and requires treatment with medications and lifestyle changes.

What is coronary artery disease?

The most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD). With CAD the arteries that supply blood to the heart harden and become narrow. This condition means your body receives less nutrient-rich blood and oxygen, leading to a weakened heart muscle, arrhythmias, and eventual failure. Management of CAD with medications and procedures to open up the arteries can help you live a healthier life.

To learn more about how Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills can help keep your heart healthy, call the office or book an appointment online.