Heart Disease Specialist

Family Practice Associates

Family Practice & General Practitioners located in Broomfield, CO

Heart disease is the prevailing cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but it's also preventable. Pamela Abrams, MD, and the expert medical team at Family Practice Associates, PC, in Broomfield, Colorado, can help you treat and prevent heart disease. To learn more about how you can lower your risk of heart disease, call Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease, sometimes called cardiovascular disease, refers to a broad range of medical conditions that affect how your heart and blood vessels work. Of the various types of heart disease, coronary artery disease, which decreases the flow of blood to your heart, is the most commonly occurring in the United States.

Other types of heart disease include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Arrhythmia
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart failure
  • Congenital heart defects

Who is at risk for heart disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of Americans have at least one of these major risk factors for heart disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoke cigarettes

A variety of other factors and lifestyle habits may make you more susceptible to developing heart disease, such as:

  • Having diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Poor diet
  • Not getting enough physical activity
  • Drinking too much alcohol

How is heart disease diagnosed and treated?

Many forms of heart disease are preventable or easily treated when diagnosed in their earliest stages. Since early detection is crucial, Dr. Abrams and the team at Family Practice Associates prioritize preventive screenings for early signs of heart disease during routine physical exams.

Preventive screening for heart disease may include:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Blood tests
  • On-site electrocardiogram (ECG)

If you have heart disease, or are at high risk of developing one, Dr. Abrams works with you to develop a treatment plan. While treatment varies depending on your specific condition, many risk factors for heart disease, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, improve with simple lifestyle changes such as:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet low in fat and salt
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Getting daily exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight

If your condition is serious or doesn’t improve with lifestyle changes, the team at Family Practice Associates may prescribe medications to control your heart disease. In some cases, they may suggest you see a specialist for more advanced treatment.

If you or a loved one is at risk of developing heart disease, don’t hesitate to call Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online today.