19 Feb Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
19th February 2020
Know Your Heart
The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, arteries, veins and capillaries and their job is to supply blood around the body. When they don’t work, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) occurs.
Cardiovascular Disease can be split into four different types; Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Strokes and TIAs, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Aortic Disease.
These diseases are caused by reduced blood flow to the heart, brain or body and the effects can lead to heart attacks and failure, strokes, artery blockages, aneurysms and even death.
With it being the main cause of death worldwide, what are the risk factors to look out for?
Surprisingly, some risk factors stem from lifestyle choices! For example, smoking, lack of exercise, drinking a lot of alcohol or unhealthy diet habits that attribute to high blood pressure and cholesterol, increase the risk of Cardiovascular Disease by damaging and narrowing the body’s blood vessels.
However, there are risk factors that can’t be controlled, these are – family history, age, diabetes, ethnic background and simply being male. This type of risk factor can be checked and monitored by a patient’s doctor.
When you think about the lifestyle risk factors, steps to prevention should be easy with regular exercise and a healthy diet. However, many people won’t be sure if they are showing early signs or are at high risk so routine health checks are encouraged by doctors.
The first warning signs of Cardiovascular Disease are usually heart attacks or strokes; however, these often-life-threatening cardiac episodes can be prevented with simple cardiovascular risk assessments.
Early detection is of a cardiac episode is possible and attending routine health checks creates the chance for the right action to be taken and having significant benefits to health.
In the same way, when testing the severity of a cardiac episode, results can be returned quickly so accurate diagnosis can be given.
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