Heart Disease

Frank Jircik, MD

Internists located in Burleson, TX

Dr. Frank Jircik is a Board Certified physician who serves residents who live in Burleson, Texas and other communities in the area. The doctor specializes in diagnosing and treating various aspects of heart disease.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure is the term used when the heart has been weakened or damaged by heart disease and other health factors that have placed excessive amounts of stress on it. The heart still functions but in a much more limited capacity. If a person receives a diagnosis of heart failure, it means that their heart is working much less efficiently than a normal heart. The heart is weaker and does not have the strength to push the blood through the body with the same force or speed as before. This also has an effect on the amount of oxygen the tissues in the body receive. Less oxygen means less energy and a higher risk of pain, inflammation, and injury.

Can Heart Disease be Reversed?

Damage to the heart muscle cannot be reversed, but the progression of heart disease that causes the damage can be dramatically slowed. Eliminating poor lifestyle habits and replacing them with positive ones can make a big difference in the health of the heart. Reducing cholesterol levels by including more omega three fatty acids and heart-healthy foods is a good start. Another way to reverse heart disease and strengthen the heart is exercise. Even walking a few blocks every day can improve heart function. Changing the way a person cooks can also help. Exchange fried foods for those that are baked or steamed reduces the amount of fats in the diet.

What are Symptoms of Heart Disease?

Heart disease can have a variety of symptoms. Extreme fatigue is often the first indication that something is wrong. Lack of energy and not being able to stand or work for long periods of time are prime indicators that the body is functioning inefficiently. Shortness of breath and tightness across the chest are also common. Many people experience angina. Angina is pain that occurs in the chest near the heart. Pain in the extremities or pain that radiates outward from the chest and moves into the neck, shoulders, arms and back. Over time, the pain can become so severe that it seems to take a person's breath away. Any time a person experiences intense chest pain, they should visit their doctor to determine the cause.