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Heart Disease: The Leading Cause of Death for Men and Women

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As the number one killer of men and women in the United States each year, heart disease and cardiovascular-related conditions are a serious and important matter of discussion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 758,000 Americans had a coronary heart attack in 2010, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. While these numbers are very staggering, medical providers know they can be altered with simple, preventative measures.

Heart disease can result in heart attacks and strokes if left unchecked. The most common type of heart condition is coronary heart disease. As the baby boomer generation continues to age the need for better education about health and fitness becomes even greater. That’s why the dedicated primary care physicians at Lake Primary Care Associates strive to provide patients with resources about vascular health. This knowledge is vital not only for older generations, but for younger generations that will face the same challenges.

Risk Factors of Heart Disease

  • Age (older patients are at greater risk)
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • High blood pressure
  • High stress
  • Men are generally at greater risk of heart disease.
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Poor diet
  • Poor hygiene
  • Smoking

Symptoms of Heart Disease

  • A fluttering in your chest
  • A racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • A slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
  • Chest pain
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting (syncope) or near faintingLightheadedness
  • Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms, if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed
  • Shortness of breath

Causes of Heart Disease

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Drug abuse
  • Excessive use of alcohol or caffeine
  • Heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects)
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Some over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, dietary supplements and herbal remedies
  • Stress
  • Valvular heart disease

For more information on the services provided at Lake Primary Care Associates or to request an appointment, please contact us.