How do pre-existing conditions affect your heart health?

The greater the number of pre-existing conditions, the more likely you will require support and management to prevent heart failure. Irreversible damage to the heart occurs due to unmanaged chronic conditions. When you fail to seek treatment, your risk of heart disease can become life-threatening.

Types of comorbidities found in heart patients include:

  • High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is a lipid disorder that affects the body’s ability in processing cholesterol. Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited condition that increases your risk of heart disease and your likelihood of getting a heart attack. Fortunately, this is preventative only when your cholesterol levels are managed effectively.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs when the level of blood that pushes against the arterial walls rises. As a result, you are likely to develop heart disease. Unmanaged blood pressure can go unnoticed and have long-term health complications, making you vulnerable to a heart attack, renal failure and stroke.
  • Diabetes is a life-long ailment that occurs when the body cannot produce or use insulin efficiently. High sugar damages the heart and arteries.
  • Autoimmune Disease occurs when the body attacks itself. The heart may be affected. This can be detected using an echocardiogram and MRI.

What is the outcome concerning treatment?

By managing pre-existing conditions, Dr Muller can prevent cardiac complications leading to inflammation of the pericardium, stroke and heart failure. He will encourage you to follow the treatment program as set out. Dr Muller encourages a holistic approach to ensure best treatment outcomes.


What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

Typical symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Fullness/heaviness over your chest or pain in the chest
  • Chest pain feels sharp, radiating down the left arm, jaw or to the stomach area.
  • nausea and vomiting may be an accompanying symptom
  • Being light-headed
  • Sweating
How does lupus impact the cardiovascular system?

Cardiovascular disease in lupus patients can turn fatal when not seen early enough. Lupus may affect the heart muscle and cardiac valves.

How do you treat endocarditis?

Growths or vegetations can develop on the valves leading to infection. Typically, bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. However, surgery that includes valve replacement or repair is required when severe damage occurs.

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