Are You Fully Prepared to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke?
Every year, more than 800,000 people in the United States die from cardiovascular disease and as many as 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, with one death occurring every 39 seconds. Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term that refers to all diseases affecting the heart or blood vessels. Alarmingly, over 10% of adult individuals in the U.S. have already been diagnosed with heart disease. Despite these grim statistics, heart disease and stroke are largely preventable.
CAUSES OF HEART DISEASE
Atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries which can lead to arterial wall thickening, is one of the most common causes of heart disease. Atherosclerosis is often asymptomatic until a plaque ruptures or accumulates to a point where blood flow is completely restricted from vital organs or tissues. This can often progress quickly into a heart attack.
While the exact cause of atherosclerosis is unknown, it can be influenced by the following factors:
High blood pressure
Other causes of heart disease include:
Heart arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm)
Congenital heart defects
Excessive caffeine intake
Illicit drug use
HEART DISEASE RISK FACTORS
Common risk factors for heart disease can include:
High Blood Pressure
Lack of Exercise
EARLY SIGNS OF HEART DISEASE
Early signs of heart disease often mimic those of other health issues and are often ignored as signs of aging or physical inactivity. Early signs can include unexplained aches and pains. Pain is not always experienced in the chest, but can also be felt in the jaw, shoulders, arms, back or even the abdomen.
Additional symptoms include:
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Heart palpitations (irregular or rapid beating) without precedent
HEART DISEASE AND EARLY STROKE DETECTION PROGRAM
Preventive tactics, such as smoking cessation, diet and weight management, regulating an exercise regimen, and blood pressure and cholesterol control are powerful lifestyle changes you can begin implementing right away.