Heart Disease Specialist

Natalie Doyle, MD -  - Internist

Natalie Doyle, MD

Internist located in Wilson, NC

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but it can be managed — and even prevented. Dr. Natalie Doyle helps patients in and around Wilson, North Carolina, with lifestyle changes, medical interventions, and other therapies to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease. Take control of your health today — call Natalie A. Doyle, MD, PA for an appointment or use the online booking agent.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease isn’t just one condition, but a term describing a range of issues. Each type usually develops in response to atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up on the walls of your arteries. This buildup makes it hard for blood to flow, and, if a clot forms, can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Heart failure, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and heart valve problems are all types of heart disease.

 

What puts me at risk for heart disease?

While some heart disease is inherited, many conditions are often caused or exacerbated by lifestyle choices. These include:

  • Excess weight or obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use


Having type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol also increases your risk of developing heart disease.

 

What are the symptoms of heart disease?

Many forms of heart disease do not show outward symptoms; however, the most common form of heart disease, coronary artery disease, is marked by:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Angina, or chest pain, that sometimes feels like indigestion
  • Increased heart rate
  • Weakness, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, and nausea


If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Doyle right away.

 

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

A heart attack is a serious effect of heart disease and can be fatal. Know the warning signs, and seek emergency care immediately if you experience:

  • Discomfort or heaviness in your chest or below your breastbone
  • Sweating, vomiting, dizziness, and nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pain that radiates in your back, jaw, throat, shoulders, or arms


If you’ve had a heart attack in the past, Dr. Doyle can help you avoid a future event.

 

How is heart disease diagnosed?

Dr. Doyle takes a comprehensive medical history, discusses your symptoms, and assesses your physical condition. She may also listen to your heart, order an electrocardiogram or other imaging exam, and perform blood tests.

The combined results of these tests help her evaluate how well your heart is working and if you are suffering from, or at a high risk of developing, heart disease.

 

How is heart disease treated?

Dr. Doyle takes a multifaceted approach to treating heart disease. She may offer medications in conjunction with lifestyle changes that include:

  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Dietary changes
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Stress management

Regular checkups are essential in diagnosing and managing heart disease. Call or use the online tool to make an appointment at Natalie A. Doyle, MD, PA today.