The cardiovascular system -- which includes the heart, blood vessels, blood itself -- is powered by the heart, and it is responsible for transporting oxygen, nutrients, and hormones throughout the body. Any breakdown or deficiency in this system is known as “cardiovascular disease,” or heart disease. Heart disease includes many different conditions, from plaque in the arteries to blood clots, but all of them threaten your circulatory system’s ability to function as it should, putting your health in serious danger.
In some cases, cardiovascular disease is congenital; however, heart disease treatment and prevention can often be achieved with healthy lifestyle modifications. Board-certified physician Dr. Gerard Miller’s concierge medical practice is focused on providing preventative care, helping to catch early signs of heart disease in men and women as they age. Dr. Miller is an experienced cardiovascular disease doctor who can help manage existing heart conditions to prevent severe complications.
Dr. Miller operates the only concierge practice in Havertown and has staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is available to his patients 24/7, and his one-on-one approach allows him to see every patient, every visit, building a relationship based on time and trust. Are you or your loved one ready to receive personalized heart care from one of the top geriatric doctors near you? Don’t wait. Schedule your first consultation with Dr. Miller today.
Every treatment plan begins with an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Miller can help diagnose you or your loved one with heart disease through a physical examination and a review of symptoms. Additional diagnostic tests may include:
In some cases, a coronary angiogram may also be performed. A coronary angiogram is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that helps to determine if any coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked.
The types of treatment for heart disease in women and men varies, depending on the specific diagnosis. Conservative treatments may include lifestyle and dietary changes and medical monitoring. Treatment for more severe cardiovascular disease conditions may include medications and surgery.
Dr. Miller’s approach to treating cardiovascular disease involves an individualized treatment plan that best fits you or your loved one’s lifestyle, condition, and personal needs.
There are a wide variety of conditions that can affect the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular conditions Dr. Miller frequently diagnoses and treats include:
Symptoms of cardiovascular disease can vary depending on the specific type. With some forms of cardiovascular disease, there may be no symptoms present at all, until life-threatening complications develop. That’s why preventative medicine with a concierge physician like Dr. Miller is so important.
There are several risk factors that may contribute to the development of any form of cardiovascular disease. The risk of cardiovascular disease may increase in people who have:
People who smoke or are obese are also at risk for developing a cardiovascular disease.
While not all cases of cardiovascular disease can be prevented, there are steps that can be taken that can reduce the risks. Leading a healthy lifestyle can help to keep the heart and arteries functioning properly and the following recommendations may also help to prevent cardiovascular disease:
Quitting smoking drastically lowers the risk of heart disease, no matter the length of time the patient has smoked. Balancing exercise with diet can be even more effective in staying healthy and preventing cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Miller makes it easy for patients and their families to get started with his concierge practice. Contact our office to discuss pricing options, any questions you may have, and to schedule your first appointment whenever you’re ready.