Cardiovascular Disease Doctors Maryland

At Shakthi Health and Wellness we offer personalized, comprehensive consultations focusing on preventative cardiology care and nutrient deficiencies to develop a plan to correct a body out of balance. 

Cardiology Care Specialists

Our practice believes enhancing your vitality is possible through holistic lifestyle changes. Integrative medicine focuses on the relationship between your mind, body, and soul. We are mindful of this significant union when supporting your path to whole body wellness. 

Our healing-oriented therapies combine complementary and conventional medicine to promote whole body health and wellness.

If you are experiencing stress, fatigue, weight gain, loss of sleep, and lack of energy and focus, you may be putting unnecessary stress on your heart.

Acute and chronic stress conditions can lead to increased inflammation in the body which can lead to heart disease. Stress is a contributing factor to heart attack and arterial disease. It contributes to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems such as heart failure, sudden cardiac death, and enlargement of the heart.

Preventative medicine is key to reducing your risk for cardiac disease of any kind. If you are experiencing symptoms of acute and chronic stress, consider making an appointment to discuss your options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cardiovascular disease FAQ's

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease refers to a group of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke. These conditions are often caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can restrict blood flow and increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

What are the risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

The risk factors for cardiovascular disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diabetes, family history of heart disease, and a sedentary lifestyle. Age, gender, and ethnicity can also play a role.

How can cardiovascular disease be prevented?

Preventing cardiovascular disease involves making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and managing stress. Medical interventions, such as controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels, can also be effective.

How is cardiovascular disease diagnosed?

Cardiovascular disease is often diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests, such as electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, stress test, and blood tests.

What are the treatments for cardiovascular disease?

Treatment for cardiovascular disease depends on the specific condition and severity. It may include lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, medication, such as statins, beta-blockers, or blood thinners, or procedures, such as angioplasty or bypass surgery.

How can I lower my risk of cardiovascular disease?

You can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and managing stress. It's also important to control any underlying medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, and to get regular check-ups with your healthcare provider.

What is an Integrative Medicine Approach?

Integrative medicine combines conventional medicine and alternative therapies to enhance a patient’s vitality, focusing on whole body wellness. An Integrative Medicine physician will address the root cause of your illness and not just treat the symptoms. By determining what the root is, you and your practitioner can devise a health plan to successfully treat the disease. At Shakthi, we take into account other factors in your life that may be preventing the root cause of your illness or disease from fully healing. We work closely with our patients to address their immediate health needs while developing a personalized wellness plan that encourages whole body wellness. You can learn more here.

What are the benefits of integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine’s biggest benefit is the fact it looks at the patient as a whole individual and addresses the root causes of illnesses by doing so. I went along with this though integrative medicine promotes a symbiotic and collaborative relationship between the doctor and the patient. This means that there is better communication. Another great benefit is that it utilizes every therapy possible to ensure that the patient gets the treatment that is perfect for them.


Where are you located?

We have two locations in Mount Airy and Elkridge Maryland.

Why is integrative medicine not covered by insurance?

Over the past decade or so, integrative medicine has been becoming more and more popular. Because of this popularity, there has been an increase in doctors that practice it. But even with all this popularity unfortunately insurance does not cover integrative health care. The lack of coverage from insurance companies is solely because integrative medicine often encompasses treatments that these health insurance companies degenerative treatments. Because these treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, infrared sauna, and many others are all deemed alternative they are not covered.

What costs are involved? 

We offer two options:
• Yearly Membership
• A La Carte

How do I make an appointment?

You can expect your first visit with Dr. Rao and our team to be more comprehensive than anything you have ever experienced. Our practice is not a revolving door, we won't just visit with you for 5 minutes, hand you a prescription and send you on your way. You can expect the initial visit to last approximately 60 minutes. In that time, Dr. Rao will spend time with you, listen to your history, ask questions, hear your concerns. We put great emphasis on the listening and hearing part of the consult. It is vital in developing a strong doctor, patient relationship and is the only way we can help you get on the right path to healing. After your consult, we will order your testing. Depending on your specific needs a number of tests will be administered. Testing is tailored to each individual. Schedule Appointment Here.

What are five alternative medicines?

There are many different types of alternative medicines but many of them can fall under one of the five main alternative categories. These categories are homeopathy, eastern medicine, naturopathy, and Ayurveda. Within these five types so there are many variations and so choosing one that works for you all relies on what exactly you're looking to gain from choosing alternative medicines.

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Cardiovascular Disease Specialists

Meet Our Doctors

Our team is composed of skilled medical professionals who are highly knowledgeable in the practice of cardiovascular disease therapies. We believe patients shouldn’t have to settle for “quick fixes” for their health.  

Our Specialized Health Care model provides patients with in depth consults with each appointment without the restrictions of time limits and jumping through insurance hoops. Our Integrative medicine doctors in Maryland, Dr. Jyothi Rao and Dr. Sudhir Rao, have the same medical training, licensing, and certifications any other physician would have working in other healthcare models 

Jyothi Rao


Dr. Jyothi Rao is the founder of Shakthi Health and Wellness Center. She has over 20 years of experience with integrative, holistic, alternative, and complementary approaches to medicine. Dr. Rao believes knowledge is empowerment and focusses her practice on whole body wellness, and disease prevention

Sudhir Rao


Dr. Sudhir Rao is a board certified doctor over 20 years of experience with traditional medicine and alternative medicines for chronic pain.  he developed a strong interest in Functional and Integrative Medicine to treat chronic illness after a personal experience with limitations in traditional medicine.

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest health concerns in the United States as well as the world. Cardiovascular disease is the wider nomenclature for a whole group of cardiovascular problems that come with their own unique symptoms, causes, and treatments. Some of the most common types of cardiovascular disease are:

  • Arrhythmia - a consistent abnormal heart rhythm
  • Atherosclerosis - a hardening of the arteries
  • Cardiomyopathy - a hardening/ weakening of the hearts muscles
  • Congenital heart defects - regularities in the heart present from birth
  • Coronary artery disease - a build-up of plaque in the arteries
  • heart infections

All of these cardiovascular diseases come with risk factors. Some of the most common of those are high blood pressure, heart attacks, angina, and even stroke.  those are the risk factors that we have control over there are of course extenuating risk factors that are out of our control like family history, sex, age, and ethnicity.

But with the right focus and an integrated treatment plan crafted solely for you by our doctors at Shakthi Health and Wellness you will be able to combat those risk factors.

A stethoscope in the form of a heart

A stethoscope in the form of a heart

How is Cardiovascular Disease Diagnosed?

In order to diagnose cardiovascular disease there are several tests and evaluations that we may suggest. The panel of tests and evaluations we opt to do will depend on you as an individual, but they can include:

  • physical exams/ blood tests
  • ECG/ EKG
  • stress test
  • Holter monitor
  • carotid ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • cardiac catheterization/ coronary angiography
  • Electrophysiology

What Causes Cardiovascular Disease?

Just like with the symptoms each of the different types of cardiovascular disease has specific causes behind them. When dealing with arrhythmia you may find that it could be caused by anything including diabetes, heart defects, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety, substance abuse, and existing heart damage/ disease.

Here are some of the causes of other cardiovascular diseases:

  • Heart defect - this typically is something that is caused by situations that occur while developing in the womb that cause the heart structure to change.
  • Cardiomyopathy - depending on the type of cardiomyopathy causes them can range anywhere from infection and drugs to a thickening of the heart muscle to scar tissue buildup or abnormal protein buildup.
  • Heart infection - this type of cardiovascular disease is caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites that have created infections within the body.

Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease

Varying symptoms are going to present themselves depending on the type of cardiovascular disease you are experiencing. Though there are often similar symptoms that do appear in each of them it would be better to understand the symptoms if you understood each one individually. So here are some of the symptoms for each of the types of cardiovascular disease we have mentioned above:

  • arrhythmia - racing heartbeat, fainting, dizziness, chest pain, slow pulse, Lightheadedness
  • atherosclerosis - numbness for such coldness in the limbs, unexplained pain, weakness and legs, and arms
  • heart defects – blue-tinted skin, swelling in the extremities, shortness of breath, fatigue, low energy, irregular heartbeat
  • coronary artery disease - chest pain/ discomfort, tightness of the chest, shortness of breath, nausea, indigestion/ gas
  • cardiomyopathy - bloating, shortness of breath, rapid pulse, fatigue, swollen legs
  • heart infections - fever, chills, congestion, skin rash, chest pain

A stethoscope in the form of a heart

How to Treat Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is a major problem throughout the world and because there have been so many studies and research done on this illness there is a multitude of different types of treatments that are possible to be used. This of course depends on the type of heart disease and the severity, but we often utilize the following treatments in our integrative medical practice:

Lifestyle Alterations

Making lifestyle alterations that create a healthier atmosphere can greatly impact cardiovascular disease. The biggest of those lifestyle changes could work. Focusing on a low-fat low sodium diet that is heavy in fruits and vegetables could reduce cardiovascular disease symptoms. 

That coupled with an increase in physical activity and quitting any controlled substances like tobacco and drinking could begin helping to lower your risk of any future complications due to your cardiovascular disease.


If the issue is severe enough medication may be one of the ways that you have to integrate it into your wellness plan. Our doctors will determine whether prescription medication is necessary in order to control or cure the complications that come about because of your cardiovascular disease.

Surgery/Invasive Procedures

The most severe form of treatment is going to be surgery or invasive procedures. There are times when cardiovascular disease has proceeded far enough that the only way to fix the symptoms and the problem is to go into surgery. Things like unblocking your arteries or inserting a stand to help improve the blood flow could potentially be necessary if the cardiovascular disease has progressed enough.

Preventative Treatments for Cardiovascular Disease

On top of the treatments that may come once the disease has progressed far enough, there are preventative treatments that we like to utilize in our integrative treatment plans to help ensure that these issues don't progress further. 

Manage Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

In order to keep your heart healthy the very first step that has to be taken is to get your blood pressure and cholesterol in healthy ranges. You want to ensure that your blood pressure is not too high as that indicates that your heart is working too hard and that could increase the damage to your heart due to your cardiovascular disease.

When it comes to cholesterol levels we'll work together with you because the ideal level is really dependent on your medical history and risk factors. For those that for instance have a high risk for personal issues, cardiovascular disease, have already had a heart attack, or have diabetes the cholesterol will need to be lower to ensure everything is working properly.

Stress Management

Stress is one of the main contributors to cardiovascular disease. It exacerbates the situation and finding ways to manage it could potentially help alleviate some of the recurring symptoms that come with the disease.

About Us

We believe in practicing medicine that focuses on whole body health. As integrative medicine doctors we focus our on root cause of your condition with comprehensive treatments that actually heal the body rather than just masking the symptoms of your illness. 

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Patient Testimonials

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Susan Doyle

I started by seeing Dr. Sudhir Rao for my Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome. I had an accident in July 2010 that caused nerve damage in my ankle. After treatments and surgery, it spread up the entire left side of my body. The only way to describe how you feel is by saying you’re a human pinball machine ? you just never know where the pain is going to be that minute. I had asked about acupuncture because someone had told me that it worked for them. I was at the point of trying anything to lessen the pain because it was getting worse every day.

Anonymous Patient

I am actually a relatively healthy 50-year-old woman. I try to eat well and exercise, but I (like many) felt the creep of age in the form a subtle pounds and decreasing energy. Dr. Rao helped point me in the direction of the correct detox program for me (Core Restore!) as well as the supplements I needed to boost my metabolism and increase my energy! I still need to eat what works for me and avoid the things that don't, and I still have to exercise every day, but my clothes fit better and I have more energy!!

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Anna Smoot

I came to see Dr. Rao with symptoms of chronic fatigue, abdominal pains, depression, and weight gain. I had seen a couple other doctors and they had found that I had very high inflammation levels and over 15 food allergies/sensitivities. They wanted me to just take prescription drugs, but I wanted more than a quick fix. I wanted my health and my life back! When I scheduled the appointment, I was surprised how by helpful Kelly was on the phone. I didn’t know the details of my insurance coverage and Kelly offered to call my insurance for me. I’ve never had anyone at a doctor’s office do that before.

Debbie Helman

After visiting the Shakthi website and reading other patient testimonials, I was curious about the wide variety of treatments that were available. I have a very slow metabolism, was fatigued, had insomnia, back pain, and just didn’t feel as well as I wanted to in general. I had more allergic reactions and respiratory issues in the preceding months before coming to see Dr. Jyothi Rao. I had completed three courses of prednisone while under the treatment of my traditional doctor and was fed up with that cycle and was looking for another path.

- Debbie Helman

Linda J.

I was given the gift of Dr. Rao's integrative specialty care for Christmas in 2016. I didn?t take advantage of it until March of 2017. My mindset at the time was negative. I had heard about changing eating habits and I felt that I liked the foods I was eating and I was nearly 70, so why change now? After meeting with Dr. Rao and hearing her suggestions, I said I would take it one small step at a time and see what happens.

I was in the worst shape of my life

I was in the worst shape of my life with depression and anxiety. I had given up. Shakthi provided me with a manageable plan that included supplements, diet, and an exercise program that has transformed my body and given me a new outlook on life. Perhaps the most surprising outcome was learning how to be healthy and have a good relationship with my body. I am now more productive, energetic, and focused. The fog that had been clouding my thoughts has lifted.

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What To Expect

How Treatment  Works

Our doctors and staff take time to get invested in your health and well-being. We've taken a step back from mainstream medicine and are challenging the norm. Everyone's healthcare needs are different. You are different. We believe patients shouldn't settle. Our practice is not a revolving door. We listen, and most importantly, we hear you.


Appointments are conducted on an as-needed basis. Patients can expect appointments to be more thorough and focused on their needs. As an Integrative speciality care doctors, we see a limited number of patients which means each of our patients receives dedicated care without the concern of being “rushed” our of an appointment.

Diagnostic Testing

We offer patients scientifically backed health assessments to better understand the root causes of their health conditions. We evaluate any disruptions to your health and body to develop effective wellness plans to optimize your vitality. To learn more about the specific tests we offer visit this page here

Costs Involved

Patients receive personalized and tailored care in exchange for a flat fee. Overall cost will be discussed during your initial consultation. Each subsequent appointment will not need to be individually paid for. All patients receive unlimited access to their physicians which leads to better overall health and wellness.

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Our Locations

Our patient care coordinators are available to answer questions Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00pm.

Mt Airy

2702 Back Acre Circle

Mt. Airy, MD 21771


6816 Deerpath Rd Elkridge, MD 21075

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Main Phone

(301) 703-5067

Main Phone

(301) 703-5067



Fax #

(301) 703-8880

Fax #

(301) 703-8880

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