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Heart Disease Specialist

Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA

James A. Roberts, MD

Family Medicine located in Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce, FL

Heart disease is the most common cause of death for both men and women in the United States. James A. Roberts, MD, offers quality, knowledgeable heart care for the Treasure Coast area, from his office Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA, located in Fort Pierce, Florida. He has over 40 years of experience in preventing, diagnosing, and treating all forms of heart disease. For a consultation regarding your heart health, call or schedule an appointment online.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease refers to any health condition that affects the heart and circulatory system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1 in 4 American deaths each year is due to heart disease.

Heart disease includes conditions that affect the function, blood vessels, structure, and electrical rhythm of the heart.

Forms of heart diseases include:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD): blockage of the blood vessels
  • Carotid artery disease: blockage and hardening of the carotid arteries
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD): obstruction of blood flow to the extremities
  • Atherosclerosis: narrowing and hardening of the arteries
  • High blood pressure: elevated internal pressure of the blood vessels
  • Arrhythmias: irregular heart rhythm
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF): heart muscle ineffective for pumping blood
  • Heart attack:  injury to the muscle of the heart due to a blockage of the heart vessels
  • Cardiac arrest: the heart stops pumping and ceases to function

Having heart disease significantly increases your risk of having a stroke, blood clots, and some chronic diseases, like kidney disease.

Who is at risk for heart disease?

You may be at high risk of having heart disease if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are male
  • Are African American
  • Use recreational drugs
  • Are 55 years old or older
  • Are obese or overweight
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have a sedentary lifestyle
  • Have a stressful lifestyle
  • Have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Have uncontrolled high blood pressure

If you have risk factors for heart disease, even if you don’t have any signs or symptoms, it is essential that you have a regular annual physical to protect your long-term health. If you have symptoms of heart disease, it is vital that you get an expert evaluation as soon as possible.

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

Each form of heart disease has specific symptoms that may indicate you are at high risk for complications, including:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Pain or tingling in extremities
  • Chest pain, heaviness, or tightness
  • Dizziness or weakness when standing up
  • Chronic headaches
  • Swelling in legs or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting or blacking out
  • Racing or irregular heartbeat

If you notice these symptoms, Dr. Roberts needs to do a physical assessment and diagnostic testing to rule out heart disease.

For an expert evaluation of your heart health, call or schedule an appointment with Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA.