If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with heart disease, you are not alone. In fact, about 1 in 12 people in Canada live with heart disease. Heart disease is becoming more and more common, mainly due to habits that people can control. Below we will talk about ways you can prevent becoming a statistic and what to do if you get diagnosed with heart disease.
Reduce Your Risk
There are many ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease. These include:
Staying physically active
Eating a healthy diet
Maintaining a healthy weight
Limiting alcohol use
Heart disease results in a sequence of poor events which begins from numerous risk factors such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. These types of concerns put a strain on your heart and can eventually progress into a stroke, heart attack or coronary artery disease.
Every hour 12 Canadian adults age 20+ with heart disease die
Men are 2x more likely to suffer a heart attack than women
Men are diagnosed about 10 years earlier than women
Heart disease is the 2nd leading cause of death, cancer taking first
Symptoms and Treatment
Early detection and management of things like HBP, diabetes and high cholesterol can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease. If you feel like you may be developing a heart concern, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Some symptoms to look out for include fainting, chest pain and shortness of breath.
Treatment for heart disease can vary for everyone. It often includes medications to prevent blood clots, lifestyle changes (such as diet & exercise) and surgery. Once you visit your doctor, they will decide on a treatment plan that suits you best and monitor your progress as you begin treating the disease.
If you are needing a cardiology consultation, contact PulseAir Heart and Lung Centre. We can provide you with various treatment methods and perform further testing to ensure you get the best care possible.