Heart Disease Specialist

Ani Medical Group

Orthopaedics, Spine, Podiatry & Cardiology Practice located in Hazlet, NJ & Old Bridge, NJ

More than 90 million Americans have heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. At Ani Medical Group in Hazlet and Old Bridge, New Jersey, board-certified cardiologist Mohamad Salim Ani, MD, FACC, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for heart disease to help you stay active and healthy. If you’re concerned about your heart health, call Ani Medical Group or schedule a consultation online today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease, also referred to as cardiovascular disease, is a group of conditions that affect your heart and cardiovascular system. The conditions can interfere with the way your heart functions or disrupt the flow of blood in and out of your heart.

For example, atherosclerosis is a condition where your blood vessels are narrow or blocked due to a buildup of plaque. This disrupts the flow of your blood and can cause severe symptoms or cardiac events. You could also have a congenital defect that interferes with your heart function or you may suffer from an infection or degenerative valve disorder.

Depending on the type of heart disease you have, you can experience a variety of symptoms that may include:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness, or weakness in your arms or legs
  • Pain in your back, shoulders, neck, or jaw
  • An abnormal heartbeat that can be fluttering, racing, or slow
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Fatigue

In addition to these symptoms, heart disease can lead to dangerous health events such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and arrhythmia.

What causes heart disease?

The causes of heart disease are as varied as the conditions themselves. Arrhythmia can be caused by a variety of issues ranging from congenital defects and valve problems to smoking and excessive alcohol use. You could also have an electrical malfunction or contract a heart infection.

In many cases, your genes determine if you’re going to develop heart disease. If you have a family member with heart disease, your chances of developing a cardiovascular problem are much higher. Your lifestyle also contributes. For example, if you smoke, are obese, or eat a high-fat, high-salt diet, it can lead to cardiovascular damage.

How is heart disease treated?

At Ani Medical Group, Dr. Ani offers customized treatment plans to support healthy cardiovascular function. After performing comprehensive diagnostic exams, Dr. Ani can prescribe medication or suggest other treatments such as implanting a pacemaker or performing a coronary angioplasty to restore your cardiovascular health. He also encourages you to make some lifestyle modifications, including dietary adjustments and adding safe physical activity to your daily routine.

If you’re concerned about heart disease, call Ani Medical Group or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and cardiovascular treatments.