Cardiovascular Health

Jonathan A. Herbst, MD

Internal Medicine located in Port Chester, NY

Jonathan A. Herbst, MD monitors and treats the cardiovascular system for patients in the Port Chester, New York area. Dr. Herbst will work with you to create a treatment and follow-up plan that fits your life and addresses any risk factors or additional issues you may be having. He also has wonderful relationships with some of the best cardiologists if the need for a referral arises.

Cardiovascular Health Q & A

What is cardiovascular health?

Cardiovascular health is the term used to describe the status of the heart and blood vessels.

Your body's cardiovascular system is much like the plumbing system in a building: Tubes and vessels circulate the blood throughout the body. Directly and indirectly, this piping system connects to your heart, which is the body’s primary pump. The heart moves nutrients, oxygen, and waste in its tube system, so when the tube system is restricted, a heart attack can occur.

Because heart disease and heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, understanding cardiovascular risk factors are essential for patients in the Port Chester area.

Am I at risk for heart disease?

Some risk factors are uncontrollable, while there are others that you can change. Risk factors like family history, race, and age are clearly out of your hands. But smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle are risk factors that you can control.

The first step toward taking control of this condition is determining if you have heart disease or are starting to develop its symptoms. Dr. Herbst conducts routine tests during an annual physical exam. Some tests that Dr. Herbst may suggest are:

  • EKG: records heart activity by measurement of electricity
  • Stress test: measures the capacity of the heart during exercise
  • Echocardiography: uses ultrasound waves to measure cardiovascular activity
  • Critical care assessment: tests the autonomic nervous system that dives into multiple body systems’ function

Is heart disease treatable?

If you're aware of the signs and symptoms of heart disease and proactively reduce your risk factors, you can avoid heart disease.

Dr. Herbst can create a customized plan to minimize risks associated with the most common type of heart disease. Combining lifestyle changes and medication, Dr. Herbst offers an integrated approach to patient care that reduces risks and manages symptoms. His treatment plans typically include:

  • Comprehensive assessment of all cardiovascular risk factors
  • Advice on leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Risk stratification
  • Preventive medication
  • An individualized nutrition plan

Dr. Jonathan Herbst can help you to focus on cardiovascular health through preventive tactics, medication, weight loss, and proper screenings. Call today or schedule an appointment online.