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Cardiac Conditions Specialist

Kokoro Health & Wellness

Primary Care Providers located in Addison, Dallas, TX

Cardiac conditions affect the structure and function of your heart. At Kokoro Health & Wellness in Dallas, Texas, Ronald Lester, MD, and Judith Erickson, MD, help patients who’ve been diagnosed with issues like congestive heart failure, irregular heart rhythms, or coronary artery disease manage their symptoms while maintaining a high quality of life. If you have a serious cardiac condition, get the support you need by setting up an appointment by phone or through online booking.

Cardiac Conditions Q&A

What are major cardiac conditions?

The providers at Kokoro Health & Wellness help you manage a number of cardiac conditions, including:

Congestive heart failure

Congestive heart failure describes a condition in which your heart cannot pump blood efficiently. As a result, your heart fails to meet your body’s basic needs for blood and oxygen.

Congestive heart failure is progressive. Your body tries to compensate for a failing heart by increasing the size of the organ and making it pump faster. Blood vessels narrow in response and begin to halt blood flow to less important organs and tissues.

With time, you’ll notice symptoms like shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, and swelling in your feet and ankles. These symptoms start to show up after years of heart failure, which is why you need to manage the condition to minimize the negative effects on your body.

Abnormal heart rhythms

When your heart beats out of its normal, steady rhythm, it’s called an arrhythmia. Your heart may beat too fast or too slow, which can have implications on your overall health.

Cardiomyopathies

Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle. Your heart is excessively large, thick, or stiff and doesn’t pump blood as efficiently as it should. Cardiomyopathies can lead to abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure.

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) results from atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries. Plaque builds up in your arteries and restricts blood flow to your heart and other parts of your body.

What causes cardiac conditions?

Cardiac conditions often have a genetic component. They may also result from:

  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Damage to the heart muscle
  • Lifestyle habits, like poor diet, smoking, and sedentary living

Managing these conditions is often key to reducing symptoms and complications associated with cardiac conditions.

How are cardiac conditions managed?

Most cardiac conditions cannot be cured, but therapies provided at Kokoro Health & Wellness can help manage symptoms and prevent complications.

Lifestyle modifications, like dietary changes and increased physical activity, are an important part of therapy. Your provider can help you quit smoking and lose weight, if these can help resolve issues contributing to your condition.

Medications and care coordination are also a part of cardiac condition therapy. If you suffer a cardiac incident, like a heart attack or stroke, the team at Kokoro Health & Wellness helps you with rehabilitation to get back to a high quality of life.

Call Kokoro Health & Wellness to get help managing cardiac conditions. Alternatively, set up a consultation using online booking on this website.