Mahesh S Ochaney, MD
Primary Care Physician & Internal Medicine located in Glen Burnie, MD
Cardiac conditions affect more than 30 million Americans and are responsible for about one in four deaths. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to live a heart-healthy life. At his practice in Glen Burnie, Maryland, Mahesh S. Ochaney, MD, specializes in the treatment of cardiac conditions, including high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or book online today.
Cardiac Conditions Q&A
What are cardiac conditions?
Cardiac conditions are diseases that affect the heart muscle and surrounding tissues.
Cardiac conditions affect people of all ages, races, and genders. Even so, you might be at risk and not realize it. That’s because many cardiac conditions present few symptoms. Routine check-ups with a trusted doctor can alert you to potentially serious issues when they’re most responsive to treatment.
What are some common cardiac conditions?
Dr. Ochaney diagnoses and treats a variety of common cardiac conditions, including:
An arrhythmia affects the way your heart beats. It occurs when the electrical pulses that regulate your heart fail to function properly. Almost everyone experiences an abnormal heartbeat at least once in their lifetime, but it may point to a more serious underlying health problem if the issue persists.
Congestive heart failure
Congestive heart failure occurs when your heart fails to pump blood as it should. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs, and a rapid heart rate. Typically, healthy lifestyle changes and medication can prevent the condition from getting worse.
Atherosclerosis is a cardiac condition that causes your arteries to narrow and harden due to a plaque build-up. Over time, the build-up slows down your circulation, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
How are cardiac conditions diagnosed?
To diagnose cardiac conditions, Dr. Ochaney conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your lifestyle and symptoms. Afterward, he orders a cholesterol test and a complete blood count (CBC).
If the results of your blood test are abnormal, Dr. Ochaney might recommend additional diagnostic procedures, including:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Stress stress
- Holter monitor
- Carotid ultrasound
These measures can provide additional information about the health, function, and condition of your heart.
How are cardiac conditions treated?
Dr. Ochaney typically treats cardiac conditions using a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and, if necessary, surgery.
One of the easiest ways to protect your heart is to eat a healthy, balanced, and low-sodium diet. Dr. Ochaney also recommends exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking.
Some of the most common medications used to treat cardiac conditions include ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and diuretics. Following a comprehensive exam, Dr. Ochaney can make recommendations that align with your needs.
Don’t wait to receive treatment for cardiac conditions at the practice of Mahesh S. Ochaney, MD Book an appointment online, or call the office today.