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What Is Cardiology?

Cardiology is the branch of medicine that deals with the health and well-being of the heart. Diseases related to the heart and the circulatory system are studied, diagnosed and treated in cardiology.

Dr. Fareeha Khan of VeinGuard Center talks to a patient about cardiology in Fairfax, VA

Double board-certified cardiologist and VeinGuard medical director Dr. Fareeha Khan

Who Are Cardiologists?

Cardiologists are specialized heart doctors who have extensive experience caring for patients’ heart health. At VeinGuard, we have a team of highly qualified and experienced cardiologists in Tysons Corner & Fairfax who can provide bespoke treatments.

What Are the Different Types of Cardiology?

Depending on the conditions they treat and the type of care they offer, cardiologists have experience in one of many types of cardiology, such as:

General Cardiology –

General cardiologists study the overall health of the cardiovascular system, which includes the blood vessels and the heart. They educate patients and the general public about ways to maintain a healthy heart.

Interventional Cardiology –

Interventional cardiologists offer specialized catheter-based treatments for certain types of heart conditions.

Preventative Cardiology –

Preventive cardiology helps patients and the public reduce their risk of cardiovascular conditions. Through preventative treatments, medical education and lifestyle modifications, preventative cardiologists work with heart patients to help prevent their condition from worsening.

Advanced Heart Failure Treatment –

Heart failure is a chronic and debilitating condition that can affect a patient’s life. Our cardiology specialists, who specialize in advanced heart failure treatment work with patients to develop personalized and holistic treatments to help alleviate their symptoms and extend their life.

Pediatric Cardiology –

Pediatric cardiologists in Tysons Corner & Fairfax are specialists in treating children under the age of 18 years who have heart conditions. They provide treatments designed to reduce the risk of severe cardiovascular issues as an adult and which improve the child’s quality of life.

Adult Cardiology and Cardiogeriatrics –

Adult cardiologists are doctors who work with adult patients, helping them avoid developing or treating them for heart conditions. Cardiologists can super specialize to work with the elderly. This domain is called Cardiogeriatrics.

Cardiac Rehabilitation –

Severe conditions like heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases take a long time to heal. Patients require constant and consistent care and support. Cardiologists who offer such long-term care and rehabilitation treatments specialize in cardiac rehabilitation.

Woman jogger checking her pulse outside after visiting the cardiologist in Fairfax, VA

At What Age Should You Undergo a Cardio Check-up in Fairfax?

These days, people can develop the first signs of a heart condition as early as 20 years of age. It is recommended that you get regular cardiovascular screenings every 4-5 years after the age of 20. This is particularly important if your family has a genetic history of heart conditions.
Contact us at VeinGuard Center to schedule a screening with our cardiologist in Tysons Corner & Fairfax.

What Do Cardio Check-ups Entail?

Generally, our experts at VeinGuard recommend that individuals come in for preventative heart check-ups every few years. We use a variety of preventative cardiovascular tests to analyze your current heart health and identify any underlying condition. Normally, these tests include:

  • Body weight and body mass index test
  • Blood pressure test
  • Cholesterol or Fasting Lipoprotein Profile test
  • Blood glucose level test
  • Exercise, diet and smoking heart health test

If however, you experience any signs or symptoms that are worrying, then we recommend more specialized cardiovascular tests to diagnose your condition.

What Are the Signs That You May Have a Heart Condition?

While each heart condition has its own set of unique symptoms, some of the common signs that you may have a cardiovascular issue are:

  • Chest pain
  • Feeling fatigued at the slightest physical activity
  • Gas, indigestion and stomach pain
  • Extensive sweating
  • Cramping, pulling or pain in the legs
  • Swelling in the ankles
  • Shooting pains in your left arm
  • Jaw pain
  • Back pain
  • Tightness in the throat

If you experience any of these symptoms, please visit our VeinGuard cardiovascular health center. Our cardiologists in Tysons Corner & Fairfax are experienced in treating a variety of cardiovascular conditions, and we can diagnose and provide the right treatment. Schedule your consultation today.

Cardiologist in Fairfax, VA, holding a model of a human heart

Are Cardiological Treatments Covered by Insurance?

Certain types of cardiological treatments are covered by medical insurance. When you visit VeinGuard for treatment, we will be able to tell you whether your insurance provider covers your treatment or not.

How Does Lack of Sleep Affect Your Heart?

Research has shown that fractured sleep and sleep deprivation can affect heart health greatly. During the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) stage of sleep, your heart starts to relax and recovers from the physical strain it has experienced during waking hours. When a person has less sleep, the NREM stage is very short and your heart may not get the rest it needs to fully recover from strain. This lack of sleep can increase a person’s risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and heart failure. Our cardiologists in Tysons Corner & Fairfax can monitor your sleep patterns and advise you on the best course of treatment to keep your heart safe.

How Does Being Obese or Overweight Affect Your Heart?

Studies have shown that high levels of body fat make a person insulin-resistant and also affects blood lipid levels. Your levels of bad LDL cholesterol and triglyceride will be very high, while good HDL cholesterol will be very low. Additionally, it’s been found that it takes the heart extra effort to pump blood across the body when the body is bigger. And this increases blood pressure. Together, these conditions can affect your heart health. It is advised that people diagnosed with obesity or being overweight, get a cardiovascular check-up done to rule out any invisible cardiological conditions.

Why Choose Our Cardiologists in Tysons Corner & Fairfax?

At VeinGuard, our cardiological treatment center specializes in providing treatments for a variety of cardiovascular conditions. Our cardiologists in Tysons Corner & Fairfax have worked with patients of all genders, ages, races and medical conditions and we are fully equipped to help you regain your heart health. Visit our clinic today for diagnosis and treatment.

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