Prime Care Medical Group
Iffat Sadique, MD
Family Practice Physician & Primary Care Physician located in Brooklyn, NY & Queens, Jamaica, NY
Heart disease affects both men and women, causing significant debility and increasing the risk of early death. At its Brighton Beach and Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY, and Queens, Jamaica, NY locations, Prime Care Medical Group offers state-of-the-art cardiology evaluations and ongoing management of heart disease to help patients understand their risks, avoid serious risks and enjoy better health.
Cardiology Q & A
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease?
Heart disease can take many forms, and the symptoms it can cause can vary based on the underlying cause and type of disease that's present. Generally, common symptoms of heart disease include:
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling unusually tired or weak, especially after physical exertion
- Pain or pressure in the chest or belly
- Pain in the arms, neck, and jaws
- Very rapid heartbeat palpitations
Heart disease affects both men and women and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Many types of heart disease cause few noticeable symptoms, making them difficult to detect without a medical exam. Having a routine cardiac exam is vitally important to maintain good health.
What is an EKG?
EKG (or ECG) stands for electrocardiogram, a diagnostic test that assesses the heart's electrical activity. During an EKG, several small, sticky electrodes are placed on the skin in locations on the chest and usually the arms and legs. Wires connect the electrodes to the EKG machine, carrying data that's used to create a chart reflecting the heartbeat pattern. Irregularities in this pattern can be a sign of an underlying disease or condition like an arrhythmia.
What is a Cardiac Stress Test?
A cardiac stress test is a diagnostic test performed to determine how well the heart performs under physical stress. During the test, the patient walks on a treadmill at increasing speeds while the heart's activity is monitored by an EKG. Sometimes, an ultrasound (called an echocardiogram) will be performed before and immediately after the treadmill portion of the test to gain real-time images of the heart's activity. Cardiac stress tests can play an important role in diagnosing heart disease and in managing treatment.
Who Should be Screened for Heart Disease?
The U.S. Department of Health recommends routine cardiac screenings beginning at age 50 for both men and women, or sometimes earlier for patients with these risk factors for heart disease:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Family history of heart disease
Patients who smoke typically need to be screened at an earlier age.
Dr. Sadique accepts most major insurance plans. Co-pays and deductibles are collected at the time of service. Certain services provided at our clinics are not covered by insurance companies - requiring patients to pay in full for such services. Self-pay appointments are $40 plus fees for any blood work done. *Please note that the insurances accepted at each location vary. For a full list of insurances accepted at each clinic, click here.