Cardiovascular Health Specialist

Family Medicine in Riverview, MI

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Cardiovascular Health services offered in Riverview MI

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death throughout the world, so taking steps to improve your cardiovascular health can prolong your life. At MedHealth in Riverview, Michigan, Rodney Poling, DO, takes a holistic approach to cardiovascular health. Dr. Poling focuses on helping you make lifestyle changes that improve your overall well-being. Call the office or schedule your cardiovascular health appointment online today.

Cardiovascular Health Q & A

What is cardiovascular health?

Your cardiovascular system includes your heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular health refers to how well your heart and blood vessels work to support your overall well-being.

Your heart is a strong muscle that pumps oxygen-rich blood to all the organs and tissues in your body. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry this blood throughout your body and veins return the blood back to your heart and lungs for reoxygenation.

Problems with the heart or blood vessels affect cardiovascular health and the well-being of your whole body.

What conditions affect cardiovascular health?

There are many conditions that affect cardiovascular health. Some of the most common include:

Coronary artery disease (CAD)

CAD is a type of heart disease that involves narrowing or blockages in the arteries in your heart. The narrowing or blockage affects blood flow through the heart, putting you at risk of having a heart attack.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

PAD is narrowing or blockage in the peripheral arteries — the arteries that supply blood to your limbs, including your arms and legs. 

Cerebrovascular disease

Cerebrovascular disease refers to a decrease in blood flow to your brain, putting you at risk of having a stroke.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

A DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein. These blood clots may break free and travel to your pulmonary artery, causing a pulmonary embolism — a life-threatening condition. 

You may be at greater risk of developing a cardiovascular disease if you have high cholesterol, hypertension, or diabetes. 

How is cardiovascular health evaluated?

Dr. Poling conducts a thorough evaluation when you come in for a cardiovascular health evaluation. He assesses your current health and risk of future disease.

Dr. Poling asks detailed questions about your lifestyle, medical history, and family history. He performs a physical exam and runs diagnostic labs through Cleveland HeartLab®, Inc.

Testing might include a check for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) genetic mutations. MTHFR is an enzyme that breaks down the amino acid homocysteine. Certain MTHFR genetic mutations may place you at risk of cardiovascular health conditions, like blood clots or a stroke. 

What are the treatments for cardiovascular health?

At MedHealth, Dr. Poling customizes your cardiovascular health treatment plan based on your current health needs and risk of future cardiovascular health problems. Your plan may include:

  • Eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet
  • Getting regular physical activity
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight loss
  • Getting an adequate amount of sleep

Dr. Poling also treats any underlying health condition that might affect cardiovascular health, like hypertension or high cholesterol. 

For a cardiovascular health evaluation and treatment plan, call MedHealth or schedule an appointment online today.

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