Reputable & Experienced Cardiologist in Charleston
When was the last time you thought about the condition of your heart? At East Cooper Physicians, we're committed to keeping your heart healthy by using the most advanced diagnostics, technology, and treatments available. Visit our experienced cardiologist in Charleston to develop a comprehensive cardiac program to prevent the onset of heart disease and other cardiac problems.
When it comes to your heart, you deserve the highest quality care possible. Whether you need a pacemaker , you can expect the very best when you choose our heart specialists, pacemaker surgeons, and vascular providers for services and treatments.
Heart Specialists Offering Personalized Treatments & Care
Does your heart beat irregularly or skip beats? That fluttering feeling is actually a sign of arrhythmia, a heart condition that causes irregular heartbeats. In some cases, arrhythmia goes away on its own. Some types indicate a harmless condition that you can live with, though this isn't always the case. In fact, an irregular heartbeat can be a sign of a major cardiac problem. Heart palpitations aren't the only symptom of arrhythmia. Serious arrhythmias can lead to:
- Chest Pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Shortness of Breath
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (Extreme Cases)
If you have felt the fluttering of your heart, it's time to schedule an appointment with one of our heart specialists. We will run various tests to rule out other cardiac issues and make you feel at ease.
Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
If you don't seek treatment for arrhythmia, it can develop into atrial fibrillation. This is the most common type of arrhythmia that, if left untreated, raises your risk for blood clots, heart failure, and stroke. Specializing in heart medicine, our doctors are equipped with the tools needed to diagnose your heart condition.
In addition, we have the knowledge needed to determine if cardiac ablation treatment (catheter or surgical) is the right option for you. The type of ablation treatment plan depends on the cause of the atrial fibrillation, your risk for developing heart disease, and whether or not you have AFib symptoms.
Advanced Cardiac Catheterization to Diagnose Conditions
Are you worried about the condition of your heart? Our heart centers offer advanced cardiac catheterization procedures to check your blood flow and the function of different parts of your heart. Tests can also include an angiogram, which is an X-ray that uses special dye to check the blood flow to your arteries or the veins in the chest, back, stomach, arms, legs, and head.
During a catheterization procedure, our heart providers insert a long, thin tube (catheter) into an artery or vein and thread it through to the heart. Patients are usually awake during the procedure, though we do provide medications to help patients relax. Cardiac catheterization is usually done to check the overall health and function of your heart, as well as to correct a certain heart problems. Patients recover from the procedure quickly, and the risk for complications is low.
Understanding Coronary Artery Disease
Did you know that coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women? The condition develops when your coronary arteries--your heart's source of blood, oxygen, and nutrients--become diseased or damaged. Typically, it occurs when fat and cholesterol build up on the walls of the arteries, causing them to become narrow or blocked entirely. Like many conditions, coronary artery disease doesn't happen overnight. It can take decades for the fat and cholesterol to build up before problems occur.
Unfortunately, you cannot control all of your risk factors for developing CAD, such as age, gender, and a family history of the disease; however, there are steps you can take to protect your heart's health, such as:
- Not Smoking
- Exercising Regularly
- Maintaining a Healthy Weight
- Making Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Turn to our cardiologist to keep your heart healthy. Call (843) 849-9355 today to book an appointment, or to find detailed provider information, office locations, hours, and more. You may also complete the form on this page to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve those throughout Charleston, South Carolina.