Cardiovascular Disease Specialist

Washington Vascular Specialists

Interventional Cardiology & Vascular Surgery located in Takoma Park, MD

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the world. Because most cardiovascular disease-related issues are preventable and even successfully treated in early stages, Mubashar Choudry, MD, and the team at Washington Vascular Specialists, with locations in Takoma Park, Largo, and Frederick, Maryland, provide integrative care. If you have a personal or family history of CVD, contact the practice today. Request an appointment by using the online booking tool or calling the office nearest you.

Cardiovascular disease Q & A

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for conditions that negatively impact your heart health. With CVD, you may have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Heart and blood vessel disease, including atherosclerosis 
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Heart valve problems
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Arrhythmia 

In the early stages, cardiovascular disease causes few to no symptoms. But as your condition progresses, you may experience swelling in your limbs (edema), heart fluttering, chest pain, and other serious symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention. 

Why do I have cardiovascular disease?

Your heart is a muscular pump that’s divided into two primary sections. The right side of your heart collects blood and pumps it out to your lungs to refresh blood with oxygen. Meanwhile, the left side of your heart pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood out to the rest of your body.

Having cardiovascular disease means that there are issues with blood circulation processes to or from your heart (or both). If you have cardiovascular disease, any of the following factors may be to blame:

  • Bacterial, viral, or parasitic heart infections
  • Chemotherapy or radiation treatments 
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Congenital heart defects 
  • High cholesterol 
  • Alcohol abuse 
  • Diabetes 
  • Smoking 
  • Obesity 
  • Stress 

Leading a sedentary lifestyle can cause your heart muscle to weaken over time, too. This can further increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Because CVD can lead to life-threatening issues, including aneurysm, stroke, and heart attack, Washington Vascular Specialists provides comprehensive preventive and treatment care for all types of cardiovascular disease. 

How does a doctor treat cardiovascular disease?

To evaluate your heart health and diagnose your condition, your provider at Washington Vascular Specialists might recommend an electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, stress test, and/or other forms of diagnostic testing. Depending on the severity of your cardiovascular disease, your physician may recommend:

  • Dietary counseling
  • Exercise planning
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight-loss management
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications, such as statins
  • Blood pressure-lowering medications, including beta-blockers

If conservative CVD therapies aren’t effective for your condition, your doctor at Washington Vascular Specialists might recommend surgery. Common cardiovascular disease procedures include:

  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Valve repair

Rest assured, with the help of the leading cardiology team at Washington Vascular Specialists, you can restore your quality of life and learn to manage CVD. 

If you have cardiovascular disease or have risk factors associated with it, don’t hesitate to contact Washington Vascular Specialists. Request your exam by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking tool today.

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