Heart disease is responsible for more premature deaths in the United States than any other medical condition, causing a massive impact on the lives of millions of people. However, most types of heart disease are treatable, and many are also preventable under the care of board-certified physicians Muhammad Khan, MD, and Ambreen Ashfaque, MD, at Cardiac Center of Texas in McKinney, Texas, serving residents of Plano, Allen, Frisco, and the surrounding Collin County. You won’t always know you have heart disease until it’s done irreversible damage, so call Cardiac Center of Texas today or book an appointment online.

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What is heart disease?

Heart disease isn’t a specific condition, but the term for a collection of different cardiac disorders, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Congenital heart disease (CHD)
  • Pericardial disease
  • Aorta disease

There’s a wide range of heart disease treatments as well as screening for heart disease available at Cardiac Center of Texas. They use proven approaches to treating heart disease based on the best medical evidence. They also adopt new technologies and practices that advance the effectiveness of heart disease treatments.

Which medications are used as heart disease treatments?

Some of the most common heart disease medications include:

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

ACE inhibitors widen your blood vessels to increase the quantity of blood your heart’s pumping and reduce your blood pressure

Angiotensin II receptor blockers

These medications target chemicals that can cause narrowing in your blood vessels and ones that encourage the buildup of salt and fluid in your body.


Beta-blockers reduce blood pressure and are the main type of medication used in treating congestive heart failure.

Calcium channel blockers

These drugs relax your blood vessels and increase your heart’s blood and oxygen supplies, as well as reducing your heart’s workload.


Digoxin improves the functioning of a weak or injured heart.

Other medications you might require for heart disease include:

  • Antiarrhythmics
  • Antiplatelet drugs
  • Aspirin therapy
  • Thrombolytic therapy (clot-buster drugs)
  • Diuretics
  • Nitrates
  • Blood thinners (warfarin)

In addition to using the medication your provider at Cardiac Center of Texas prescribes, you may be asked to change any unhealthy habits and start leading a healthier life. Heart disease frequently develops in people who are overweight or obese, smoke, drink alcohol to excess, get little exercise, and eat a diet high in saturated and trans fats.

Addressing these issues is one of the best ways of helping your body recover from heart disease and preventing further complications.

Would I need surgery for heart disease?

You might require surgery for some forms of heart disease. Types of surgery used to treat heart disease include:

  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Electrical cardioversion
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD)
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
  • Heart transplant

The expert team at Cardiac Center of Texas specializes in performing minimally invasive procedures using techniques like cardiac catheterization, avoiding the need for open-heart surgery.

Find out more about the heart disease treatments available at Cardiac Center of Texas by calling their office today or book an appointment online.