Cardiovascular health focuses on the well-being of your heart and blood vessels. Its primary role is to improve your heart’s function and prevent heart disease.
One goal of cardiovascular health is to prevent atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries. It occurs when plaque builds up inside your arteries, reducing blood flow. With less blood reaching the heart, the whole cardiovascular system must work harder. Atherosclerosis also increases your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Too often with cardiovascular disease, the first symptom of a problem is a heart attack or stroke. That’s because the symptoms of this condition often go unnoticed.
When you see your physician at Discover Health, they screen for and monitor symptoms associated with heart disease, including:
Even if you’re not having symptoms, you may be at risk. Certain things make you more likely to develop cardiovascular problems, including:
Lifestyle and habit changes are the number one way to improve your cardiovascular disease. Your physician may recommend:
If cardiovascular disease progresses, lifestyle changes may not be enough to manage your symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. If you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, a daily baby aspirin may also be suggested.
The doctors also suggest eating a heart-healthy diet. It involves eliminating processed foods and those that are high in sodium. A cardiovascular-focused diet should primarily consist of:
If you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, don’t become another victim of America’s number one killer. Schedule an appointment at Discovery Health and learn to live a heart-healthy life.
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