Despite the fact that heart disease is so prevalent in the United States, a striking number of men and women have never visited a cardiology office. In the U.S., one in every four deaths can be attributed to heart-related issues, and heart disease is still the leading cause of death according to the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm). In fact, most Americans are already afflicted with one or more of the key risk factors for developing heart disease.
Obesity is part of the problem
With nearly 70 percent of all adults being overweight, according to the American Heart Association, obesity is one of the biggest contributors to the risk of developing heart disease (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/StartWalking/The-Price-of-Inactivity_UCM_307974_Article.jsp#.W1hRWC2ZOHr).
Other risk factors
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyles, diabetes and a poor diet are only a few of the medical conditions associated with both being overweight and having heart disease.
What can be done to combat this growing issue?
Regular exercise is one of the best strategies in the war against heart disease. While exercise itself lowers the risk of heart disease by improving the condition and health of the heart itself, it may also lead to other improvements in a person’s lifestyle.
Healthier food and beverage choices, a reduced use of alcohol and tobacco and more activity overall go hand in hand with choosing to participate in an exercise program of some sort. The development of these healthier habits leads to a
- Reduction in weight
- Better blood pressure readings
- Healthier cholesterol levels
- Reduced risk of stroke and heart attack
It also helps people feel better and more positive overall, limiting anxiety and stress — two other contributors to common health conditions.
Many people gradually become less active with age due to body discomfort and lack of energy, but even a simple, low-impact exercise routine can reduce the risk of heart problems. People can try:
- Tai chi
These are all great options to consider. Once a low-impact exercise routine has commenced, the person may notice a reduction in body aches and more energy that inspires them to pursue other active ventures in addition to these. Still, a doctor should give the go-ahead before any exercise regimen is pursued.
In our cardiology office, we can provide more insight on safe activity options for the aging population.
Lifestyle changes can also reduce medical costs
Improving overall health not only reduces the risk of heart disease, helps people lose weight and cuts down on stress, but it also reduces medical costs. The American Heart Association confirms that obese individuals spend substantially more money on medical care than those of normal weight, and heart disease is widely known as the most costly chronic disease (https://healthmetrics.heart.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Cardiovascular-Disease-A-Costly-Burden.pdf).
Visit our cardiology office for more suggestions and treatment options
There are many ways in addition to these that you can reduce your risk of heart disease, lose weight and lower personal medical spending. Learning more about heart disease, knowing your individual risk and taking the initiative to make important lifestyle changes will put you on a path to better overall health. Start today by scheduling an appointment with a cardiology office.
Call (281) 890-4886 today to reach Cyfair Cardiology.