Can I Prevent Heart Disease?
Pacific Family Practice recognizes the seriousness of heart disease in the United States. Heart disease impacts both men and women, and is responsible for about one in four deaths in America, according to the CDC. American Indians, Asians and African Americans face a higher rate of heart disease diagnosis, and heart disease is second only to cancer as a leading cause of death. These statistics are sobering, and we hope they will serve as a wake-up call to those men and women not currently taking a proactive role in long-term healthcare.
Heart disease symptoms
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain, tightness, pressure and general discomfort
• Pain, numbness, weakness or a cold sensation in the legs and arms
• Jaw, neck, throat and back pain
• Pale grey or even blue skin tone
Heart disease causes
• Heart defect(s) from birth
• High blood pressure
• Coronary artery disease
• Tobacco use
• Heavy alcohol intake
• Excessive caffeine intake
• Drug abuse
• Valvular heart disease
• Prolonged stress
Can I do anything to prevent heart disease?
Even though heart disease symptoms and causes are worrisome, the good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent the condition. The first to is be aware of whether you are more at risk for heart disease than others, and to address this concern frankly with your doctor. Those who are diabetic or obese, have heavy alcohol use, practice a poor diet, or are physically inactive are at very high risk.
An easy way to catch troubling health symptoms early is to have a yearly physical. These physicals are especially important as you age, and for some individuals they are the only check-in with a doctor year-round.
Lifestyle changes that you actually stick too are also essential. Your doctor is likely to recommend a low-sodium, low-fat diet; zero tobacco use; reduced alcohol intake; and at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise about five days each week. Medications may be recommended depending on your risk factor(s) as well as your overall health.
Schedule a physical with Pacific Family Practice today. It’s easy!