Offering the Support You Need to Live a Heart-Healthy Life
Expert Care For Your Cardiovascular Conditions
At CLS Health Cardiology, we understand the importance of a seamless system—one that works together like your body’s heart and blood vessels. Just like it takes the incredible cooperation of our cardiologists, nurses, techs, and other employees to keep our heart and vascular practice running smoothly here in Webster, TX, our team provides exceptional care and service that’s seamlessly integrated with our patients’ busy lives.
We realize that heart health matters, and we’re passionate about our mission to be a comprehensive cardiology practice, committed to serving our communities by delivering modern standards of care with compassion for each individual patient. Our cardiologists’ capabilities combine quality healthcare practices and the latest cardiology innovations with traditional values of caring for all types of cardiovascular conditions.
Our physicians strive to craft an environment supportive of healing hearts and healthier lifestyles—a welcoming conversation through genuine connections between providers, patients, families, and staff. It’s all part of making patients feel special—no matter who they are or what their needs may be. That commitment keeps us going strong each day!
Conditions and Treatments
Our Cardiologist Practice Offers
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Carotid Ultrasound
- Venous Ultrasound/Reflux Study
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
- Arterial Ultrasound
- Event Monitor
- Nuclear Stress Test
- Treadmill Test
All About Well-Being
- Interventional Cardiology
- Vein disease or Venous Insufficiency
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
- Vascular screening
- Structural Heart Disease/Valve Clinic/TAVR
- Arrhythmia/permanent pacemakers
We are also here to support individuals in managing systolic and diastolic heart failure via preventative methods. This starts with controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels and dealing with congestive heart failure alongside directing patients towards the right path for a heart-healthy lifestyle. This might include proper treatment for risk factors connected to cardiovascular health, such as sensible lifestyle choices or diagnostic testing, as well as anticoagulation when needed.
At CLS Health, we strive to provide you with the best possible service so you can have peace of mind knowing that your heart is taken care of.
How to Know When It’s Time to See a Cardiologist
When it comes to your heart, you don’t want to take any chances. That’s why it is always important to be aware of potential heart-related issues so you can spot them quickly and get the care you need.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Cardiovascular Conditions
- Chest Pain
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Shortness of Breath
- Tachycardia/Atrial Fibrillation/Atrial Flutter
- Leg Pain/Aching/Cramping/Swelling
- Varicose Veins/Spider Veins
- Discolored/Itchy Skin
Additionally, our cardiologists can provide surgical evaluation and clearance, as well as consult on blood clots. If you feel any of these signs and symptoms apply to you or just have concerns about your heart health in general, then it would be beneficial to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist right away for further evaluation. Early diagnosis could potentially save your life!
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When you choose to be cared for by CLS Health providers, you can have peace of mind knowing that all aspects of your care are coordinated. Using secure electronic medical records, your CLS Health primary care physicians and cardiology specialists will have visibility into any test results or treatment plans. This seamless integration allows us to provide comprehensive, personalized care right when you need it.
Find Out If CLS Health Is In-Network With Your Insurance
At CLS Health, we serve patients with many types of insurance coverage offered by many different companies and entities. CLS and its providers accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most major health plans outlined on our insurance information page. Remember to always check with your health insurance carrier regarding specific covered services. The list grows and changes frequently. If you don’t see your insurance listed or if you have any questions, please contact us.
Who should see a cardiologist?
Any patient with symptoms that indicate heart disease, or patients with known risk factors for developing heart disease (family history, smoking, etc.), can benefit from a cardiovascular evaluation.
What are some symptoms of heart disease?
Severe pressure, squeezing, pain, or discomfort in the chest. Pain or discomfort that spreads into the shoulders, neck, arms, or jaw; chest pain; difficulty swallowing; low blood pressure.
How does heart failure occur?
Congestive heart failure happens when the heart muscle fails to supply enough blood flow to vital organs. Factors that can cause heart failure include coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, aging, alcohol abuse, viral infections, heart valve disorders, and thyroid disorders.
How is sleep connected to the heart?
Many people are unaware of the effects sleep disorders can have on the cardiovascular system. Sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing. It can occur when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, thus reducing or completely stopping airflow.
What are some factors that put me at risk for cardiac problems?
Obesity, smoking, uncontrolled high blood pressure/cholesterol/diabetes, lifestyle, and family history of heart disease.
How long should I be on a blood thinner?
Many different factors determine the answer to this. These factors include:
- If you are taking it for a blood clot, atrial fibrillation, or an artificial valve
- If you have a blood disorder
- If you are tolerating the blood thinner
Can a cardiologist monitor my INR?
Yes, if you are placed on an anticoagulant drug, a cardiologist is able to check your INR. We can provide in-office INR finger sticks.
What is a good age to have your heart checked and how often?
Many of the risk factors described previously determine when you should get evaluated by a cardiologist. Age 40-50 is a good timeframe to establish a baseline. Earlier, if you start to experience any of these symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations (fluttering/pounding of the heart), and passing out.
How much should I exercise if I have heart problems?
A heart-healthy diet and exercise are always suggested, but if you have any cardiac history, it would be recommended to be evaluated by a cardiologist before undertaking an exercise program.
What can I do to help my varicose veins?
Varicose veins are a progressive disease called venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency develops when the valves in the veins are not closing properly, causing the blood flow to return to the foot. A special ultrasound called a reflux study will be used to determine the severity of the disease. This condition can cause varicose veins, skin discoloration, swelling, and possible ulceration of the legs.
What should I do if I have high or low blood pressure?
Your cardiologist can prescribe medications that can assist in lowering or raising your blood pressure. There are lifestyle changes, such as decreasing salt intake, that can improve blood pressure. Consult your cardiologist to determine what is best for you.
Does caffeine hurt my heart?
Caffeine is a drug that stimulates the nervous system, making people more alert. It is known to increase heart contractions and increase blood pressure in some patients. Caffeine can be the cause of rapid or irregular heartbeats and high blood pressure in certain patients. This may lead to palpitations and possible weakening of the heart muscle due to making your heart overwork. Caffeine can hurt your heart if overused.
Are heart problems hereditary?
Your cardiologist does consider immediate family history of heart disease when doing an evaluation. Having a family history of myocardial infarction, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes is important in determining your cardiac care.
Can diabetes affect my heart?
Patients who have diabetes have an increased chance of developing heart disease and are prone to myocardial infarction and/or stroke. It is good to consult your cardiologist to determine the risk factors associated with diabetes.
How much fluid should I drink on a fluid restriction?
A patient with congestive heart failure should always be cautious about fluid intake. A personalized fluid restriction regimen can be recommended by your cardiologist.
Why does my heart feel like it is beating out of my chest?
Palpitations are a sensation of fast or irregular heartbeats. This can be something as benign as premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) or something more serious, such as paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
If I have back pain, can that be my heart?
Back pain can be a result of musculoskeletal pain as well as cardiac pain. All pain should be addressed. Depending on your history and risk factors, a cardiology work-up may be needed.
I feel pressure/heaviness in my chest, what could that be?
Many things can cause this feeling, from gas pains to myocardial infarction. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. From there, you may follow up with a cardiologist.
What is causing my restless leg?
Venous insufficiency could be the culprit to restless leg feelings. Other symptoms include leg swelling, itching, varicose veins, spider veins, open ulcers, and leg heaviness/pain.
Why do I feel dizzy when I stand up?
If you are experiencing dizziness with position change, this could be a result of low blood pressure. Seeing a cardiologist can determine if medication changes are needed to prevent this feeling.
Can a cardiologist treat my leg ulcers?
Yes. Ulcerations to the leg could be a result of venous insufficiency and can be treated with vein ablations. This will reroute the blood from the incompetent vein to healthier veins in the legs.
How can I lower my high cholesterol?
A heart-healthy diet and exercise are always recommended for lowering cholesterol levels. Some people may also require medication to lower cholesterol levels.
What does it mean when my feet are cold?
This could be a result of poor blood circulation to the feet. This can be determined by an arterial ultrasound. Other factors may not be cardiac-related, such as diabetic neuropathy.
Can I ever stop my blood pressure medication?
This can be multifactorial depending on the patient. If a patient can change their lifestyle and their blood pressure responds appropriately, then the medications may be altered or discontinued. Following up with a cardiologist is recommended.
What is EF?
Ejection fraction, also known as EF, is the amount of blood leaving your heart when it contracts. It is calculated as a percentage, with 55% being normal.
What is cardiac clearance?
A cardiac clearance is something you may need if you are going to undergo surgery. Depending on the type of surgery and the surgeon, they may require additional testing such as EKG, echocardiogram, and/or nuclear stress test as well as an evaluation from a cardiologist to clear someone for surgery. It’s important to determine if your heart is healthy enough to sustain you through surgery.
Will I experience symptoms with atrial fibrillation?
Every person with atrial fibrillation experiences different symptoms, but some symptoms include rapid/irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
What can an EKG show you?
An EKG (also known as an electrocardiogram or ECG) shows the electrical pattern of your heart. It can give insight into the electrical signals of your heart and if you possibly have had, or are currently having, a myocardial infarction. Certain EKG changes could indicate a blockage in your heart. This would warrant further testing, such as a nuclear stress test.