Heart Disease Specialist

Lilia Hernandez, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Lilia Hernandez, MD

Internal Medicine located in Brownsville, TX

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. If you suffer from any type of heart condition, it’s important to see an experienced provider for treatment and management. Visit Lilia H. Hernandez MD in Brownsville, Texas, to get started with the treatment and medical guidance you need to protect your heart and overall health. Call the office or make an appointment online with Dr. Hernandez today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease actually isn’t a specific condition. Rather, it’s a group of conditions that affect your heart in different ways. 

Dr. Hernandez has experience helping patients with a number of different heart conditions. She offers heart disease treatment while working with you to make lifestyle changes that help protect your heart.

What are the different types of heart disease?

Some of the conditions that fall under the heart disease umbrella include:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Arrhythmia
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Blood vessel diseases
  • Heart infection
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Atherosclerosis

If any of these conditions affect your heart or you’re facing another coronary challenge, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Hernandez. She offers care designed to best address your specific type of heart disease. 

How are heart diseases treated?

Dr. Hernandez personalizes your heart disease treatment based on the condition affecting you and factors unique to you, like your family and personal health history. 

In many cases, heart disease treatment is most effective when medication is paired with healthy lifestyle changes. 

How do lifestyle changes help with heart disease?

Heart disease often develops hand in hand with certain lifestyle choices. While lifestyle doesn’t necessarily play a role in some types of heart disease (like congenital heart defects), many types of heart disease occur as people get older and the choices they’ve made take their toll. 

Your risk of heart disease increases if you:

  • Smoke
  • Eat a poor diet
  • Don’t exercise regularly
  • Don’t manage stress
  • Gain excess weight
  • Use excessive alcohol
  • Don’t wash your hands or brush your teeth frequently enough

Similarly, other chronic conditions linked to those lifestyle choices — like high blood pressure and high cholesterol — increase your risk for heart disease. 

Unhealthy lifestyle choices heighten your risk for heart disease, but healthy ones can support your heart health. If you have a type of heart disease that can be impacted by making healthy choices, Dr. Hernandez works with you to make sustainable shifts. She helps you find nutritious meals and types of physical activity you enjoy, for example. 

Ultimately, Dr. Hernandez works with you to find the most effective treatment program possible to protect your heart and your long-term health. 

To get started with heart disease care, call the office or make an appointment online today.