How Would I Know If I Had Heart Disease?
Having a healthy heart plays a critical role in your overall health both now and later in life. Because of this, getting your heart checked regularly can lead directly to a healthier you.
At Dr. Otha Myles & Associates, LLC, our Primary Care Physician help patients get their cardiovascular health in shape, providing exceptional services for a wide variety of conditions. Heart disease claims the lives of 610,000 Americans every year, despite being surprisingly preventable and curable with proper care.
Specifically, heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, describes adverse health conditions that affect the heart. Blood vessel diseases like coronary artery disease, and heart rhythm diseases like arrhythmias, are just two of the many conditions under the heart disease label. Even congenital heart defects are classified as heart disease.
Cardiovascular diseases that are left untreated can lead to symptoms as persistent as residual chest pains and as life-threatening as strokes. Take a look at some of the most common symptoms of heart disease below:
- Chest pains
- Palpitations (irregular heartbeats)
- Faster heartbeat
- Weakness or dizziness
- Shortness of breath
How To Treat Heart Disease
While treating existing heart disease largely depends on what specific condition it is, most heart disease symptoms begin ease undertreatment such as:
- Lifestyle modifications - Eating a diet with less fat and less sodium is a great way to improve your heart health. Also, exercising for 30 minutes during the day, kicking the habit, and lowering alcohol consumption improves heart health.
- Medications - If your heart condition requires additional care, your doctor might prescribe you with cardiac medications.
- Medical procedures - While needing surgical procedures like open-heart surgery is rare and primarily only for emergency situations, there are a slew of other cardiovascular procedures available for people with ailing hearts
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