Heart disease is the leading cause of death among adult men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though heart disease poses such a significant threat to adult Americans, leading a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent heart attacks and other cardiac conditions. At the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, our knowledgeable cardiologist, Dr. Aamir Javaid, can help you develop a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Heart Problems and Related Conditions
Maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle is not just important for cardiac health. The health of your heart can affect the rest of your body, as well. For example, poor heart health can lead to high blood pressure. Some conditions that can develop when heart health is poor include:
- Hypertension — High blood pressure.
- Atherosclerosis — Hardening of the arteries.
- Angina — Chest pain caused by diminished blood flow to the heart.
- Cardiomyopathy — Disease affecting the heart’s ability to pump blood.
- Heart Attack — Occurs when blood flow to a section of the heart is blocked.
- Stroke — The risk of stroke is increased when heart problems are present.
Several factors can contribute to the development of heart problems and related conditions. Some risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing issues with heart health include a poor diet, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol consumption. Additional risk factors include being overweight and having certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. The experienced cardiologist at our office in Kissimmee can help you implement lifestyle changes to promote a healthier heart and reduce your risk of developing a cardiac condition.
Habits for a Healthy Heart
It is possible to improve cardiac health and reduce your risk of heart attack and other problems by developing a heart-healthy lifestyle. Examples of habits that can be easily implemented in your life to promote better heart health include:
- Minimizing stress
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Engaging in moderate exercise for 30 minutes every day
- Eating a balanced and nutritious diet rich in whole grains, fresh produce, lean proteins, and healthy fats
- Minimizing consumption of trans and saturated fats to lower blood cholesterol
- Reducing salt intake, which can lower blood pressure
- Refraining from or quitting smoking
- Limiting alcohol consumption
A cardiologist can recommend specific lifestyle changes for improving heart health and help you develop a plan to implement those changes. In some cases, prescription medications can also help by lowering blood pressure or cholesterol levels, for instance.
Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing a heart condition and lead to better overall health. For assistance developing healthy habits and improving the health of your heart, schedule a consultation with Dr. Javaid, our skilled cardiologist, by calling the Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee at (407) 572-8900. We also have locations in Poinciana and St. Cloud.