Heart disease is a serious issue in the United States. In fact, heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in males in the US. Since June is Men’s health month, we would like to inform you of facts and risks affiliated with heart disease and preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of heart disease. It is important to raise awareness about just how prevalent heart disease is among males in the United States.
There are many variations of heart disease, but some are more common than others. The most common type of heart disease is Coronary Heart Disease (CAD). CAD occurs when there is a buildup of plaque in the arteries which causes the arteries to harden and narrow, also known as atherosclerosis. The buildup of plaque causes a reduced level of blood flow to the heart. Reduced blood flow results in reduced levels of oxygen flowing to the heart and this creates a scenario that can lead to a heart attack.
Roughly half of the men who suffered and died from a heart attack showed no previous symptoms leading up to the event. It is important to understand that even if you show no symptoms, you may still be at risk for a heart attack. Heart disease is hereditary, and individuals with heart disease prevalent in their families should take extra care to follow as many, if not all of the following preventative measures.
- Eat a Healthy and balanced diet that is low in sugar and low in saturated fats.
- Exercise frequently (roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes per week).
- Pay attention to potential symptoms and factors that may contribute to heart disease.
- Get regular check-ups at your doctor.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes.
- Limit alcohol usage as it can cause high blood pressure.
At AMS Cardiology, we understand the impact of heart disease and how it can affect individuals and their families. We’re here to inform our patients and readers of the dangers of heart disease, as well as suggest some preventative measures. Never hesitate to call us at (215)-517-1000 or visit us here if you have any further questions or concerns regarding heart health.