Pocatello Cardiology

Heart Health FAQs

Heart disease is a serious condition that effects more than 81 million Americans. However, if you know the symptoms and take steps to improve your lifestyle, you can increase your chances of continued and robust heart health.

What are the most ignored signs of heart disease?

Many symptoms of heart disease are often overlooked. If they're not on your radar they can be seen as something to "tough out." Which is the wrong thing to do. Stay on the lookout for:

  • Breathlessness with exertion or even at rest
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet
  • Bloating of the abdomen with fluid
  • Irregular heartbeats that feel rapid, pounding or fluttering
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting
  • Fatigue

What are heart disease's more common signs?

The body always gives warning signs when something is wrong. If you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.

  • Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms
  • Abnormal heartbeats including a fluttering, racing or slow beats
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Who has more problems with heart disease, men or women?

The old stereotypes of men as the ones with heart problems are gone for good. In fact, both sexes, ages 50 and up, are equally susceptible to heart disease.

What places me at a higher risk for heart disease?

The risk factors haven't changed much but the way we treat them has. If you fit into a risk factor group, ask your doctor about available treatments. Risk factors include:

  • Genetics: If heart disease runs in your family
  • Poor diet
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity or overweight
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Stress

Why should I care about heart disease? It's not a heart attack, right?

Heart disease is a serious condition and can significantly reduce your quality of life, life-span and can lead to a heart attack or even worse. If you're currently seeking or undergoing treatment for heart disease, follow your doctor's advice with diligence and care.

What are my next steps?

If you're concerned about developing heart disease, talk to your doctor about available treatments and reducing your risk factors. This is especially important if you have a family history of heart disease. If you'd like to see a heart specialist at Portneuf Medical Center, call 1-877-721-6673 to schedule a consultation.