Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of heart conditions do you treat?

WSUPG cardiovascular experts treat and manage a wide range of heart conditions including:

  • Heart attacks and failure
  • Prior history of bypass surgeries (CABG)
  • Coronary stents
  • Aortic disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Valve regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Infections
  • Systemic conditions leading to heart disease

WSUPG staff members are also trained to manage risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and family history; all of which contribute to an increased risk of heart disease. In addition, WSUPG doctors understand how to properly treat and protect the hearts of our patients with cancer or diabetes.

How do you diagnose these heart conditions?

We utilize the latest technology available to provide the best care for WSUPG patients. Our cutting-edge technologies include 3D ultrasound, myocardial contrast ultrasound imaging and speckle tracking. These allow us to get a detailed picture of the heart, which better enables us to successfully diagnose and treat each patient.

What are some common symptoms of heart conditions?

Different heart conditions present different types of symptoms. In general, symptoms may include:

  • Chest discomfort (pain, tightness, etc.)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry or persistent cough
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Bloating
  •  Fatigue
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
  • Irregular heartbeat or changes in rhythm (pounding, fluttering, racing, slowing)
  • Pain in the back or abdomen
  • Pale grey or blue skin color

Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting.

What should I expect during treatment?

The type of treatment patients receive depends on the cause and symptoms of their condition. WSUPG cardiovascular experts are actively engaged in each patient’s care to provide the most individualized, comprehensive treatment possible.

What should I expect recovery to be like?

The recovery patients experience also depends on their unique medical needs. WSUPG doctors are committed to providing personalized recovery and follow-up care for our cardiac patients to ensure the best long-term results.

What else should I know about your doctors?

WSUPG is affiliated with the Wayne State University School of Medicine and our group members are recognized leaders in their chosen specialties. Many WSUPG physicians serve as faculty at the school and teach medical students and hospital residents. Our doctors provide world-class medical care while also conducting groundbreaking research and continuing education at Wayne State University, one of the nation's top medical universities.

Please get to know our WSUPG cardiovascular specialists by reading more about them here.

Do you offer support groups, screenings or events?

WSUPG cardiology experts offer summer heart health screenings throughout the Detroit area. At these events our physicians will check for abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, diabetes and other heart disease risk factors. Dates for summer screening events are posted on the WSUPG website in the spring, so please check back for details.