Heart Failure Specialist

Dan G. Alexander, MD -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Dan G. Alexander, MD

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Burgettstown, PA

Heart failure is a serious medical condition that affects over 5 million adults in the United States. Congestive heart disease and other types of heart failure can be fatal without treatment, but regular monitoring and medication maintenance can help you avoid dangerous complications. Dan G. Alexander M.D. is a board-certified internal medicine physician in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, with more than 25 years of clinical experience who provides outstanding care for men and women who suffer from heart failure. To schedule an evaluation for heart failure, call the office today, or make an appointment online.

Heart Failure

What is heart failure?

Heart failure is a condition in which your heart’s ability to pump blood is reduced. Over time, heart failure results in complications such as enlarging of heart muscle mass, constricting of your blood vessels, and insufficient blood supply to the rest of your body.

There are several different types of heart failure which can have many causes, including:

  • Birth defects
  • Heart valve insufficiency or prolapse
  • Cardiomyopathy (a disease of the heart muscle)
  • Cardiac inflammation (myocarditis)
  • Lung disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Smoking, eating a high-cholesterol diet, a sedentary lifestyle, and being overweight can increase your risk of developing heart failure.

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

In the early stages of heart failure, you may not have any signs or symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may have the following symptoms.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling or fluid buildup in your legs and feet
  • Increased heart rate or palpitations
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Chest pain

Left untreated, heart failure can result in severe complications or death. The good news is that with treatment, your condition can improve and you can reduce your risk of complications and continue to live a full life. Dr. Alexander is a board-certified physician with exceptional skills who can help you manage your heart condition.

How is heart failure treated?

Heart failure is a chronic condition that has no cure, but you can successfully control it with ongoing care from a qualified provider. Dr. Alexander offers comprehensive monitoring and medication maintenance for most types of heart failure.

To design your customized maintenance program, Dr. Alexander performs a physical exam, reviews your health history, and discusses your symptoms with you in detail. To diagnose the exact cause and severity of your heart failure, he may order blood work, a chest X-ray, a stress test, and other diagnostic procedures. 

Based on your results, your treatment plan may include:

  • Beta-blockers, diuretics, and other medications
  • Blood pressure or cholesterol management
  • Management of diabetes or any other contributing conditions
  • Nutritional and exercise counseling

Severe cases of heart failure may require an implanted device such as a defibrillator, or a surgical procedure. Dr. Alexander works with your specialist to coordinate your care, ensuring you receive the highest-quality medical treatment for your heart condition.

If you’re concerned about heart failure, call Dan G. Alexander M.D. today to schedule an evaluation, or make an appointment online.