Heart Disease Specialist

Anthony A. Natelli, MD

Internal Medicine & CoolSculpting Specialist located in Wayne, NJ

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. As an experienced internal medicine specialist, Anthony A. Natelli, MD, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for existing heart disease to improve your health and quality of life. Dr. Natelli also focuses on strategies to prevent heart disease and related complications, especially if you have a family history or other risk factors associated with heart disease. To find out more about available services for heart disease, schedule a consultation with Dr. Natelli at his Wayne, New Jersey practice online or by phone today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a term for a range of conditions that affect the health of your heart. Some of the most common conditions that fall under the umbrella of heart disease include:

  • Infection
  • Heart defects
  • Valve disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart muscle damage
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Heart rhythm issues (arrhythmias) 

Without proper diagnosis and treatment, heart disease can lead to serious health complications, such as stroke or heart attack and premature death. 

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

If you have a family history of heart disease or were born with heart defects, you may be at increased risk for heart disease-related health complications. 

Other risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking history

You may also be at increased risk for heart disease if you follow an unhealthy diet plan or live a sedentary lifestyle. Frequently consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can also contribute to heart disease.

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

Symptoms of heart disease depend on the condition you have. Some of the most common symptoms that can indicate problems with your heart include:

  • Chest pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen ankles or feet
  • Discoloration of the skin

Any of these symptoms need prompt evaluation with an experienced physician, like Dr. Natelli. Delaying diagnosis and treatment can lead to long-term heart damage, disability, and death. 

How is heart disease diagnosed?

To determine if your symptoms relate to heart disease, Dr. Natelli offers in-office diagnostic testing, including electrocardiograms (EKGs), echocardiograms, and specialized venous and arterial studies that focus on blood flow to and from your heart.

Additionally, if you have risk factors for peripheral artery disease, you may need ankle-brachial testing, which compares your blood pressure in your ankle and your arm. This test can identify potential blockages in the arteries in your legs.

You can also expect a physical exam and a comprehensive review of your personal and family medical history. In some cases, you may need blood work to rule out infection and other underlying health issues that may cause symptoms similar to heart disease. 

How is heart disease treated?

There‚Äôs no one-size-fits-all solution to treating heart disease. Dr. Natelli creates a treatment plan that focuses on your needs and the root cause of your heart disease. 

Many types of heart disease require medication therapy and lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of serious health complications. Dr. Natelli can recommend a heart-healthy diet and exercise program to strengthen your heart and design a care plan to address underlying health issues, like high cholesterol, that contribute to heart disease. 

Through routine check-ups, Dr. Natelli ensures your treatment is effective, and the proper management of your heart disease. 

If you have risk factors for or symptoms of heart disease, schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Anthony A. Natelli, MD, today by phone or by using the online booking feature.