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Heart Health Awareness: Ischemic Heart Disease

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville cardiologist says many people in the Rocket City are diagnosed with Coronary Heart Disease and can be easily treated if monitored.

Ischemic Heart Disease, also known as Coronary Heart Disease, is the plaque build-up that causes blockage in the arteries in the heart, neck, legs, or aortic arteries.

What Causes Coronary Heart Disease?

Huntsville Cardiologist Dr. Roth says it is important to know your family's medical history. It is possible that if a family member has heart disease, you can as well. 

Besides genetics, things like cigarette smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, having diabetes, and high cholesterol can lead to higher chances of being diagnosed with Coronary Heart Disease.

Watch to hear why Dr. Roth thinks Heart Health Awareness Month is Important.

When Should you Get Tested?

Although it is very uncommon, some may experience small symptoms of chest discomfort. To be safe, Dr. Roth says people should get tested as early as 20 years old. 

People can get tested by their primary care doctor. If you are diabetic, an endocrinologist can also examine you as well. 

By checking your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, doctors can make you aware if additional testing is needed.

What if you have Coronary Heart Disease?

If you have plaque in your arteries, doctors can regularly scan your area of concern to monitor if there have been any developments.

Doctors may also prescribe medications as well.

What can happen if you have Coronary heart disease?

If untreated, heart disease can lead to someone having a heart attack or other emergency health episodes.

If you would like to set up an appointment with a Huntsville Hospital Heart Center Cardiologist, call  (256) 533-3388.

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