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Board Certified Cardiologist & Nuclear Cardiologist located in Fort Worth, TX

Heart Disease services offered in Fort Worth, TX

Heart disease is responsible for one out of every four adult deaths in the United States. Fahmi Farah, MD, is a highly skilled cardiologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating heart disease at Bentley Heart in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Farah also focuses on heart disease preventive care. To find out more about heart disease, call or schedule an appointment online today

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a general term that includes many conditions affecting the structure or functioning of the heart. Some people are born with heart abnormalities that affect heart health, while others develop heart problems because of lifestyle or aging. 

You may not realize you have heart disease until you experience symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath. However, for many, a heart attack is their first symptom.  

What are the types of heart disease?

There are many kinds of heart disease. However, some are more common than others. Types of heart disease include:


Coronary artery disease (CAD)

CAD, or Ischemic heart disease, is the most common type. CAD causes narrowing or blockages in the arteries of the heart, increasing the risk of a heart attack. 


Valvular heart disease

Valvular heart disease is a structural problem that affects the valves separating the chambers in the heart. These valves may not close all the way, allowing blood to leak through. Or, the valves may not fully open, limiting blood flow through the heart. 



An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a type of arrhythmia. 


Heart failure

Heart failure means your heart isn’t strong enough to pump blood throughout your body.


Aortic stenosis

Aortic stenosis is a type of valvular disease. It occurs when there’s a narrowing of the aortic valve. 



Cardiomyopathy is a stiffening of the heart muscle.


Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

PAD isn’t heart disease but has the same cause as CAD. With PAD, there’s narrowing or blockages in the peripheral arteries in your extremities, so it increases your risk of heart disease. 


What are the risk factors for heart disease?

Many factors might increase your risk of heart disease. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • PAD
  • Diabetes 
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Poor nutrition
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Family history of heart disease
  • COVID-19

Dr. Farah takes a preventive approach to heart health. If you have heart disease risk factors or concerning symptoms, like heart palpitations or syncope (fainting), schedule a consultation at Bentley Heart. 


What can I expect during a heart disease consultation?

You can expect a patient-centered exam when you see Dr. Farah for a heart disease consultation. However, the specifics of your visit may depend on your medical history and symptoms. 

After completing a thorough history and physical exam, Dr. Farah may recommend diagnostic testing to assess heart health. Bentley Heart is a full-service cardiology practice offering many tests, including electrocardiograms (EKGs), echocardiography, and stress testing. 

Dr. Farah also performs cardiology consultations for pre-op evaluations. 

To schedule heart disease care at Bentley Heart, call the office in Fort Worth, Texas, or book an appointment online today.