Cardiology Specialist

Andrea Pérez, DO -  - Family Medicine

Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC

Andrea Pérez, DO

Family Medicine serving the areas of West Farms, Parkchester, Morris Park, Castle Hill, Baychester, & The Bronx, NY

One out of every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease. Taking good care of your heart may improve your overall health and extend your life. Andrea Perez, DO, at Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, serving the Bronx, West Farms, and Parkchester neighborhoods of New York City, provides cardiology services at her practice to help you stay on top of your heart health. Call today, or schedule an appointment online.

Cardiology Q & A

What is cardiology?

Cardiology is a specialized area of medicine that focuses on the health and diseases that affect the heart. Dr. Perez is a family medicine physician who spent years training so she could diagnose, treat, and manage various health conditions that affect all ages, including those of the heart.

Heart conditions can be congenital, meaning you’re born with it, or they develop over time.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease generally refers to any condition that affects the health of your heart. Common conditions include:

  • Blood vessel disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Congenital heart defects

Cardiovascular disease more specifically refers to conditions that cause narrowing or blockages in your blood vessels that lead to health complications, such as a heart attack or stroke.

Treatment of heart disease depends on the condition. Most conditions are caused by lifestyle choices, such as poor diet, smoking, or lack of exercise.

Dr. Perez is a holistic physician who works with you to help you develop a healthier lifestyle to prevent heart disease or improve heart health. This may include helping you make better food choices, finding ways to increase exercise, or incorporating supplements aimed at heart health. She may also provide treatments to help you quit smoking.

What is an echocardiogram (EKG)?

An EKG is a noninvasive test Dr. Perez conducts in the office to assess the rhythm of your heart. During the test, she attaches electrodes to your chest and sometimes your limbs. These electrodes are hooked up to a machine that assesses the electrical activity of your heart. The test only takes a few minutes but can provide a wealth of information.

Who needs an EKG?

Dr. Perez may recommend an EKG if you come into the office reporting chest pain, heart palpitations, or dizziness. She may also recommend an EKG if you have a history of:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blocked arteries
  • Heart attack
  • Structural abnormalities in your heart

If Dr. Perez is unable to find any abnormalities during your EKG, she may recommend further testing to get a better picture of your overall heart health and activity.

For cardiology care, call Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, or book an appointment online.