What is heart disease?
Heart disease refers to a group of diseases that affect your blood vessels, blood flow, heart rhythm, and the structures of the heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease causes more than 610,000 deaths each year in the United States. Heart disease accounts for one of every four deaths of both men and women.
Heart disease includes several serious conditions, including:
Any of these conditions could lead to cardiac arrest, when heart function is interrupted, causing loss of blood flow, consciousness, and breathing. Cardiac arrest, also called a heart attack, results in death without intervention and without the treatment of underlying causes.
Who is at risk for heart disease?
Some risk factors for heart disease are reversible with healthy habits, while others can’t be reversed.
Irreversible risk factors of heart disease include:
Reversible risk factors include:
Whatever your risk factors, a healthy lifestyle, regular cardiovascular screenings, and annual physical exams decrease your potential for serious complications of heart disease.
How can I reduce my risk factors for heart disease?
You can reduce your risk of heart disease by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, quitting smoking, and having routine cardiovascular checkups.
Bethesda Immediate Care offers quality, experienced support for your cardiovascular health through:
Their team commits to helping every member of your family reduce their risk for heart attack, stroke, and other complications of heart disease. Routine cardiovascular care at Bethesda Immediate Care goes a long way in protecting your heart health.
For a consultation and quality cardiovascular care, call or schedule an appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care today.