Cardiovascular disease is a growing healthcare concern in the United States. While this condition affects mostly older Americans, it often stems from lifestyle habits begun long ago. Though you may be young and healthy at the moment, now is the time to evaluate your risk for heart disease. By addressing potential problems today, you can decrease your chances of getting cardiovascular disease in the future.
Manage your stress
Perhaps you eat right and exercise daily, but are you in control of your stress ? Job demands, family obligations, and other commitments can often lead to high stress levels, which has a direct effect on your heart health. Stress impacts your blood pressure, an early sign of cardiovascular disease. To lessen the strain on your heart, implement measures to reduce stress. Though physical activity is a highly beneficial way to alleviate daily tensions, you may also want to eliminate the factors contributing to your stress.
Stop smoking immediately
Sometimes, individuals may assume that because they’re young and healthy, smoking won’t cause them significant problems. On the contrary, smoking can quickly deteriorate your heart health and cause early cardiovascular disease. Smoking not only damages heart tissue and blood cells, but it also causes plaque buildup in the arteries. This makes it even harder for the heart to supply ample oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. To safeguard your heart now and in the future, quit smoking.
Discuss your family history
Though you can’t change your family’s health history, you can use your knowledge of it to prevent future health problems. If your grandparents, parents, or siblings have experienced heart health issues, you are at a heightened risk for the same. By discussing your family’s health history with your healthcare provider, you can put into action preventative measures to protect yourself from heart disease at an older age.
Do you have more questions about how to manage your heart health? Come to our H2U Dinner with Doctor: Treating Minor Heart Attacks with Dr. Bhatti. RSVP for Thursday , February 7th at 5:30PM. Or, call Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center . Our Las Vegas facility can help you determine what steps you need to take to protect your cardiovascular wellbeing. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100 to schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider.