Cardiovascular disease is a broad term that is used to describe a range of conditions which affect the heart, many of which are related to a process called athlersclerosis. Athlersclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This build up narrows the arteries and may eventually form a clot. When these clots break off into the blood stream, they can cause angina (chest pain), heart attacks and strokes. Other types of cardiovascular disease includes: heart failure (CHF), arrythmias, and heart valve problems.
More people worldwide die from heart disease than any other cause. It is extremely difficult to detect, and can advance unchecked for many years before its symptoms become noticeable. Death from cardiovascular issues can be sudden, making the potentially preventable loss of a loved one more devastating.
Many forms of cardiovascular disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Some of these choices include: quitting smoking; eating a balanced diet; and getting plenty exercise. See your doctor regularly and have vital signs such as your heart rate and blood pressure checked. If you are on medication, follow your doctors recommended dosing regimen.
How can Island Doctors help me manage this condition (cardiovascular disease)?
At Island Doctors, an integral part of our mission is to manage and monitor blood pressure levels in all our patients. Our In-house services and screening schedule help you understand your health risks and can help increase the quality and quantity of your years ahead. For more information on cardiovascular conditions and lifestyle choices that can positively affect your cardiovascular risk, check out the American Heart Association: just another way Island Doctors does more than you come to expect from your doctor.