Cardiovascular Health Specialist

Charles F. Lovell, M.D. FACP PC

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician located in Norfolk, VA

A lack of exercise is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease in the United States. Only 20% of American adults get the recommended amount to keep their hearts healthy. If you have heart disease or are at risk of developing it, Charles F. Lovell, M.D, in Norfolk, Virginia, can examine you and provide treatment. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Cardiovascular Health Q & A

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is a term for conditions that affect your heart and cardiovascular system. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, so keeping your heart healthy is essential if you want to live a long life.

Even though cardiovascular disease is dangerous, it can be highly preventable. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can significantly decrease your chances of developing a cardiovascular disease.

Common diseases that fall under the umbrella of the term cardiovascular disease include:

  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat)
  • Cardiomyopathy (inadequate muscles in your heart)
  • Heart infection
  • Atherosclerosis (hardened arteries)
  • Coronary artery disease (plaque buildup in the arteries of your heart)
  • Congenital heart defects

Unlike other forms of cardiovascular disease, congenital heart defects are present at birth.

Am I at risk of getting a cardiovascular disease?

Beyond a lack of exercise, there are lots of risk factors for developing a cardiovascular disease. They include:

  • Smoking
  • A poor diet
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Diabetes
  • Old age

Dr. Lovell can help you determine if you are at a high risk of developing a cardiovascular disease. If you are, you’ll probably need to make some lifestyle changes. Not all risk factors are controllable, but taking preventive measures can still be beneficial.

What are my treatment options?

If you have cardiovascular disease, you have treatment options. Common treatments for heart disease include:

  • Exercising more
  • Consuming less sodium
  • Eating a low-fat diet
  • Stopping smoking
  • Taking prescribed drugs
  • Surgery

Your treatment plan will depend on your lifestyle, risk factors, and severity of the disease. After thoroughly assessing your case, Dr. Lovell will create a personalized treatment plan for you.

If you have concerns or questions about cardiovascular diseases, or if you want to learn more about changing your lifestyle to stay healthy, book an appointment online or over the phone with Charles F. Lovell, M.D., today.