Whether you’re male or female, heart disease doesn’t discriminate. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with more than 600,000 deaths occurring each year.
Family Care Network’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jim Hopper, shared some insights about heart disease and how patients can prevent it.
"Smoking and family history together appear to be the largest contributing factors,” he said. “It's very important to be aware of the health problems of family members in earlier generations. If there are family members who have been affected by heart attack or stroke, be especially attentive to healthy lifestyle choices and work with your doctor on a regular assessment of risks.”
He went on to describe what he recommends for all his patients, even if they have not been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
“I encourage patients to remain physically active and to be aware of any changes in their tolerance of physical activity. A rapid loss of exercise tolerance or inability to regain exercise tolerance after a period of inactivity should prompt an evaluation with a physician,” said Dr. Hopper.
He said it is also important to be aware of your normal blood pressure readings. If you notice changes, it can lead to earlier action to prevent heart attack and stroke.
Every minute, one person dies from a heart disease-related event in the U.S. By understanding your family's heart history and taking preventive measures to maintain a healthy heart, you decrease your risk of developing heart disease.
You can learn more about how to prevent heart disease when you set up a wellness exam with your doctor. Call your clinic today to schedule an appointment.
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