Cardiovascular Disease Specialist

Primary Medicine of Sherman

Primary Care Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Sherman, TX & Plano, TX

Cardiovascular disease kills more than 800,000 people in the United States every year and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Robert Hernandez, MD, at Primary Medicine of Sherman in Sherman and Plano, Texas, can help you take steps to improve your heart health and reduce your risk of more serious health complications. For an evaluation, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Cardiovascular Disease Q & A

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a general medical term that refers to any health condition that affects your heart or blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease is very common in the United States, and many of the underlying diseases that fall under the cardiovascular disease umbrella are preventable.

What are cardiovascular disease conditions?

There are many cardiovascular disease conditions. Some of the most common include:

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis refers to the narrowing and hardening of your blood vessel walls due to a buildup of plaque. This condition increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Heart failure

Heart failure, also referred to as congestive heart failure, is a condition in which your heart isn’t strong enough to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. 

Heart attack

A heart attack occurs when a blood clot blocks the main artery to your heart, depriving your heart of oxygen, which may result in tissue death.

Stroke

Like a heart attack, a stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks off blood flow to your brain. Without oxygen, the brain cells affected by the stroke may die.

Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heartbeat. 

Heart valve problems

The valves in your heart are responsible for managing the flow of blood. If they’re damaged or weak, blood may not flow properly. 

Many health conditions increase your risk of these cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. 

What are the treatments for cardiovascular disease?

Treatment for your cardiovascular disease may depend on the type of condition you have and your overall health. Dr. Hernandez and his team of nurse practitioners, including Brittany Brown, NP, and Julie Thomison, NP, create individualized treatment plans specific to your needs and health. 

To assess your health risk and direct your treatment plan, the team at Primary Medicine of Sherman offers the SmartBeat Program. This advanced diagnostic tool allows the team to assess your heart and vascular system to look for early warning signs and risk factors. 

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Diet modification
  • Physical activity
  • Smoking cessation
  • Disease-specific prescription medication
  • Stress management

Obesity also increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Hernandez and his team offer a medically supervised weight-loss program that can help you shed pounds and keep them off. Weight loss not only improves heart health, but also reduces pain, improves sleep, and gives you a boost in confidence and self-esteem.

Cardiovascular disease is common, and without proper treatment, deadly. For management of your health from a compassionate team that takes a preventive and proactive approach to care, call Primary Medicine of Sherman today or request an appointment online.