Cardiology Specialist

Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center

Primary Care Physician & Sports Medicine located in San Diego, CA

This year alone, one in four Americans will die from some form of cardiovascular disease. Knowing your risk, and taking action to improve your heart health, can save your life. Dr. Wong, a primary care physician at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center in San Diego, California, has expertise in detecting and managing heart disease. To schedule an appointment with him, call or book online today.

Cardiology Q & A

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a group of conditions that impact the health of your heart. Also known as heart disease, these maladies degrade your heart’s blood vessels, valves, and muscle.

If left untreated, cardiovascular disease can cause heart attack and stroke. The leading cause of death in the United States, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of over 610,000 American men and women a year.

What causes cardiovascular disease?

Genetic and environmental factors usually cause cardiovascular diseases. Genetic factors include defects that were present at birth, while environmental factors can be smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, and unhealthy diet.

Cardiovascular disease can also be related to other diseases. Bacterial or viral infections -- like the rheumatic fever -- cause certain kinds of heart disease, for instance.

What are the symptoms of cardiovascular disease?

Symptoms vary according to the condition. However, if you experience any of the following, seek immediate emergency medical attention:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness, pain, and pressure in chest
  • Neck and jaw pain radiating through the upper abdomen or back
  • Numbness and weakness in legs or arms

Am I at risk for cardiovascular disease?

Several factors determine your risk for cardiovascular disease, including your age, gender -- men are at higher risk -- family history, and personal habits. Additionally, your risk can be elevated by:

  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Stress

How is cardiovascular disease diagnosed?

To diagnose cardiovascular disease, Dr. Wong performs a physical and explores the medical history of you and your family. Depending on the nature of your symptoms, he recommends a series of tests that could include:

  • Blood work
  • Chest X-rays
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Holter monitoring

When appropriate, Dr. Wong can refer you to a hospital for further tests like a CT scan or MRI.

What are treatment options for cardiovascular disease?

After diagnosing your cardiovascular disease, Dr. Wong works with you to develop a treatment plan. Typical therapies include eating a healthier diet, exercising, and taking supplements and medications. In some cases, medical procedures or surgery are necessary.

You’ve only got one heart, so keep it in prime condition. Dr. Wong can diagnose your heart condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to keep your heartbeat strong for many years to come. Call or schedule an appointment online today.