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What You Should KNOW About How Stress Affects the Heart

What You Should KNOW About How  Stress Affects the Heart Some individuals have a difficult time finding ways to manage stress. The intriguing anatomy and process of our brains help us to better understand the production of fear, anxiety, worry and the decision to take flight or to fight. There are neurotransmitters throughout the entire body that send signals to the brain, alerting you instantaneously of real or perceived danger. Anxiety is made up of both psychological and physical symptoms. The psychological part creates the nervousness, fear and worry, while the physical aspect produces sweating, rapid heart palpitations, a rise in blood pressure, nausea and shortness of breath.

Stress and Anxiety both play a role in pre and post-heart attacks. For example, stress can lead to high blood pressure, arterial damage and a weakened immune system, which can exacerbate a myocardial infarction. For those individuals that have suffered a heart attack or those that have undergone heart procedures, depression can linger for weeks following their episode. If the condition is not dealt with, it can lead to chronic depression, which will hinder healing and may because additional health issues to arise.

Men and Women can be treated most successfully if heart conditions are caught early. However, there are many options to treat advanced heart disease as well which include medications and procedures. Additionally, finding ways to manage stress, keeping weight down with a healthy diet, keeping the heart muscle strong and oxygen-rich blood flowing through cardiovascular exercise are helpful, along with medications like ACE inhibitors, alpha-beta blockers, and cholesterol-lipid lowering drugs. In certain situations, stents, angioplasty, bypass grafts, and other procedures may be necessary.

Along with these measures, there are specific diagnostic screenings that your cardiologist can provide to decipher how healthy your heart and arteries are; these include blood tests, stress tests, EKG’s, echocardiograms, holter monitors, vascular ultrasounds, and scans.

If you believe you are having a heart attack or stroke, call 911! If you’re having initial symptoms that come and go, contact your cardiologist immediately.

The Department of Cardiology & HeartCare at Florida Medical Clinic has an experienced team of cardiologists to provide comprehensive outpatient diagnostic services in multiple convenient locations. Their non-invasive diagnostic laboratories have been accredited by ICANL and ICAEL.

Specialty Cardiology Services & Conditions
• Adult congenital heart disease
• Cholesterol and lipid disorders
• Coronary and peripheral vascular disease clinic
• Follow-up of angioplasty, stents and bypass surgery
• Arrhythmia & Rhythm Disorders Program
• Heart Failure Clinic
• Pacemaker & ICD Clinic
• Pulmonary Hypertension
• Anticoagulation Clinic
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
• High-Risk Coronary Interventions
• Structural Heart Disease Aortic Stenosis
• Congestive Heart Failure
• Structural Heart Disease
• Peripheral Vascular Diseases
• Device Implantation

Florida Medical Clinic, A Leader in
Comprehensive Health Care
At Florida Medical Clinic, your health and wellbeing is their specialty. Their team of compassionate, experienced physicians offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services. By specializing in everything from family and internal medicine services to cardiology, gastroenterology, sports medicine, plastic surgery, and beyond, all within a single, clinically integrated network, their team streamlines every aspect of your healthcare. There’s only one name you’ll need to remember for all of your medical needs: Florida Medical Clinic.

Their team of physicians treats patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. In addition to emphasizing preventive care to help their patients stay healthy, their primary care services include physical exams, urgent care appointments for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, cancer screenings, minor surgical procedures, routine gynecology and dermatology services, and ongoing management of chronic conditions such as autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

To find out more or to schedule your appointment, please contact them today.

Florida Medical Clinic
Cardiology / HeartCare

813-788-5575
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL 33542

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