Heart Disease Specialist


Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

Receiving a heart disease diagnosis can be a frightening time. You need the patience and compassion of a qualified medical provider to guide you through your treatment options. At Premium Healthcare in Downers Grove and Crest Hill, Illinois, Dr. Jose Rivera Guerrero and Dr. Cristina Perez offer compassionate and comprehensive heart disease services, including advanced diagnostics and treatments to manage your symptoms. They also provide guidance to help you boost your overall health and prevent heart disease from impacting your life. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more about available services for managing heart disease.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is a variety of conditions that negatively affect the health of your heart muscle, its valves, or rhythm. Common heart diseases include:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart defects
  • Coronary artery disease

These conditions cause damage to your heart and can lead to complications, like a heart attack or stroke.

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

If you have a disease in the blood vessels of your heart, you may experience symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, pain or weakness in your arms, legs, neck, or back. You may also experience chronic fatigue and episodes of nausea.

If you have a disease that results in arrhythmias, you may experience symptoms like a slow heartbeat, racing heartbeat, lightheadedness, chest pain, and shortness of breath.

If your heart disease is the result of congenital heart defects you’ve had since birth, you may experience swelling in your abdomen, legs, or near your eyes. Your skin color may also appear pale gray or have a bluish tone.

Infections in the heart can cause shortness of breath, persistent fatigue, heart rhythm changes, skin rashes, persistent cough, and fever.

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

You may be at increased risk of developing heart disease if you have parents or a sibling with the condition. Other risk factors may include:

  • Age
  • Poor diet
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking cigarettes

Your risk for heart disease also increases if you have a lot of stress in your life. Poor hygiene can contribute to developing heart disease. For instance, if you fail to wash your hands regularly, you are at increased risk for developing a bacterial or viral infection that can affect your heart.

What treatments are available for heart disease?

Dr. Guerrero and Dr. Perez evaluate the condition of your heart and create a custom treatment plan to manage symptoms and prevent additional heart damage.  

Initially, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes that include incorporating a low-sodium, low-fat meal plan into your daily life. You also need to stay physically active and give up bad habits such as cigarette smoking and limit your alcohol consumption.

If lifestyle modifications aren’t effective in treating your heart disease, your doctor may recommend medications. For severe heart disease, you may need to undergo specialized medical procedures, including surgery, to repair heart damage or birth defects.

To schedule a consultation, book an appointment online or by phone.