When you take a close look at Heart Disease you realize there are many factors within your control. Some items you can’t control such as your age, family history, or genetic predisposition. But none of those factors should prevent you from keeping your heart as healthy as it can be. Below are some of the most important facts about heart disease you should know.
1) Heart Disease is Treatable – Today’s tools for prevention, detection, and treatment are far better than just a decade ago. Visit your doctor regularly and be aware of your overall health and your heart’s health. If you are diagnosed with heart disease you have a variety of treatment plans available. Lifestyle changes are usually number one, two, and three on the list. But we also have improved medications and surgical procedures available.
2) Lifestyle Changes – This should be no surprise – Most people with heart disease have poor diets, don’t exercise, and are overweight. And smoking is a huge factor in heart disease. Make positive changes in your lifestyle and your heart will be healthier. Sure it takes effort but a healthy weight, nutritional diet, and regular exercise can add decades to your life.
3) Women suffer from Heart Disease Too – Unfortunately for women, often the first symptom of heart disease is death. Women can experience the classic symptoms of heart disease such as chest pain and nausea but they also experience less dramatic symptoms such as dizziness or fatigue. Women should be equally aware of their heart health as men.
4) Heart Disease is the leading Cause of Death in the USA – According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention heart disease is the leading cause of death of both men and women. The good news is that prevention and treatment are far more advanced today.
5) You may be able to Exercise with Heart Disease – Talk to your doctor. Many patients with heart disease can begin a moderate exercise program which will strengthen their hearts. It will also improve your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers.
6) Know your Numbers – Know your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol numbers and actively discuss them with your doctor. And that includes your weight too.
I have seen many people pass away in their 40s and 50s — 20 or 30 years too early. In almost all cases their poor lifestyle choices were behind their early departures. Don’t be one of these people – start working with your doctor and living a healthier life.