Heart Health

Jose L. Valdez, MD -  - Family Practitioner

Jose L. Valdez, MD

Family Practitioner located in Santa Ana, CA

Dr. Jose L. Valdez practices in the Santa Ana, California, community and knows that a healthy heart is essential to your overall health. Heart disease afflicts millions of Americans every year, but with the right treatments and lifestyle changes, you can improve your heart health and lower your risks. Dr. Valdez offers electrocardiograms and a range of testing and treatments to take care of one of your most important organs. Call the friendly office staff to book your checkup today.

Heart Health Q & A

Why is heart health important?

Heart-related complications can be life-threatening, so it’s important to keep your heart as healthy as possible.

This strong organ is approximately the size of the palm of your hand and has two pumps: one that sends blood with oxygen away from the heart through your body, and another that uses veins to bring your blood back to your heart and lungs for more oxygen.

What are some of the most common heart complications?

Arteriosclerosis is one of the most common heart complications and can be life-threatening. This cardiovascular condition involves the hardening of the arteries due to aging and a plaque buildup of fatty deposits that block the blood flow.

The complications of arteriosclerosis include your blood vessels stiffening over time, and the stiffening and thickening of valves that open and close to control your blood flow inside your heart. These complications can potentially lead to leakages or problems with blood pumping out of your heart.

Thyroid disease, chemotherapy, and other common factors can also weaken your heart muscles and lead to heart complications.

How can I keep my heart healthy?

Factors that help to keep your heart healthy include:

  • Proper nutrition
  • Stress reduction
  • Regular exercise
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Having low cholesterol
  • Quitting smoking tobacco
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Medical care and treatments

It’s also helpful to consume healthy fats, such as in avocados and walnuts, avoid trans fats and processed foods, and consume lots of fruits and vegetables high in dietary fiber.

What are the benefits of medical care for heart health?

Medical care from an experienced provider like Dr. Valdez helps you monitor your heart health over time and gives you access to important preventive and diagnostic screenings, electrocardiograms, and blood tests.

Dr. Valdez can recommend a number of treatments such as medications that can significantly improve your heart health and lower your risk of disease. If you need to lose weight, he helps you implement healthy lifestyle changes and improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. He also provides nutritional counseling.

If you experience symptoms like tingling and pain in your chest and arms, shortness of breath, dizziness, or headaches, this could indicate a heart problem that warrants medical attention immediately.

Call the office to make your appointment with Dr. Valdez and work toward a healthier heart.