Heart Disease Specialist

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD -  - Cardiology

Summit Medical Associates LLC

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD

Cardiology located in Fort Wayne, IN & Topeka, IN

One in four deaths in the United States is from heart disease, a collection of conditions that affect the cardiovascular system. At Summit Medical Associates LLC in Fort Wayne and Topeka, Indiana, Bhaktavatsala Apuri, MD, diagnoses, manages, and helps prevent heart disease with personalized heart-healthy treatment plans. To learn more about heart disease or address concerning symptoms, call Summit Medical Associates LLC, or request an appointment online today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a broad term that includes many forms of heart and blood vessel dysfunction and disease. Altogether, heart disease accounts for more deaths in the United States than any other condition or group of conditions. 

A few of the most common heart disease conditions are:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congenital heart issues
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure

While many of these conditions do not cause discernible symptoms in most people, some do as they get worse. You should schedule an appointment to see Dr. Apuri at Summit Medical Associates LLC if you have unexplained chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling from fluid retention, or lightheadedness. 

Am I at risk for heart disease?

Fortunately, there are many ways you can prevent or lower your risk for heart disease. Though some genetic factors put you at risk, many common heart disease risk factors relate to behaviors and habits. 

The following behaviors and habits can increase your risk for heart disease to higher than average:

  • Alcoholism or drinking too much 
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • A poor or unbalanced diet
  • Being overweight or obese

You’re also more likely to develop heart disease of some kind if you have family members with it. Additionally, poverty and stress (which can be difficult or impossible to control on your own terms) can contribute to heart disease. 

How is heart disease treated?

Treating or managing heart disease requires a personalized plan with Dr. Apuri’s assistance. To evaluate your heart health and functioning, he might recommend a stress test or echocardiogram. Then, he gets a better idea of which treatments you might need for better heart health.

In most cases, heart disease treatment or management relies on lifestyle changes like nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation. In addition to these in your personalized plan, Dr. Apuri might prescribe medications like beta-blockers, vasodilators, anticoagulants, or diuretics.

In rare cases, surgery is a necessary step in treating heart disease. Surgery can remove blockages and treat complications too severe for medication management. Devices like pacemakers and defibrillators may also be a necessary part of managing your heart disease and preventing complications, like stroke or a heart attack.

Heart disease affects many different populations, but with the right treatment, you can live comfortably. To find out more about how your heart is working or assess your heart disease risk, call Summit Medical Associates LLC, or request an appointment online today.