Even though February is highlighted by the American Heart Association as “Heart Month,” one’s cardiovascular health is key to living a happy and healthy life every day.
We asked Mindy Markowitz, M.D., a cardiologist with Pascack Valley Medical Group, to answer some of the most common questions about cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Markowitz has extensive experience in treating a variety of cardiac conditions.
"I chose cardiology because it allows me to make a significant impact in the prevention and treatment of so many diseases related to one’s heart and vascular system,” said Dr. Markowitz. “There are new innovations in cardiac medicine that truly help patients to feel better and achieve positive health results. I want to help my patients prevent heart disease in order for them to live longer lives with a better quality of life.”
The 5 most common heart disorders are:
The following are the most common causes of heart disease:
Be aware of the following symptoms, which could be signs of heart disease. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may need to see a doctor or call 911.
It is very important, especially as you age, to get screened for heart disease and related illnesses. Know and record your dates and numbers from these screenings that could signal cardiovascular disease:
A silent heart attack is one that does not present any symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain. To minimize your risk of a silent heart attack, it is important to regularly get your annual screenings (listed above) to ensure that your levels are under control. With any new or concerning symptoms, be sure to seek appropriate and prompt medical attention.
For more information about our cardiology services or to schedule an appointment, visit our web page or call us at 877-848-WELL (9355).