Your heart beats approximately 100,000 times a day, pumping 1,900 gallons of blood through more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels. The astonishing activity of your cardiovascular system makes life possible— healthy blood vessels and heart function enable your cells to receive vital oxygen and nutrients and to remove waste. Without preventive measures, the blood vessels and heart undergo changes with aging. These changes include a decline in heart function, arterial thickening and stiffening, and development of plaque and tendency toward clotting.
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death and disability in the US. In fact, every 25 seconds someone experiences a heart attack and every 60 seconds someone dies. Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a stroke.1 Combining these statistics means that every 36 seconds (approximately the time it took you to read to this point) someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases. This means that cardiovascular disease kills a minimum of 2,300 Americans every day.
Preventive cardiology is a branch of cardiology that focuses on preventing the development or progression of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and reducing the risk factors associated with these conditions. The goal of preventive cardiology is to identify and manage risk factors before they lead to heart disease, heart attacks, or other cardiovascular events.
Key components of preventive cardiology include:
Risk Factor Assessment: Healthcare professionals assess an individual's risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Common risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity, and a family history of heart disease.
Lifestyle Modifications: Encouraging and helping individuals adopt heart-healthy lifestyle changes is a crucial aspect of preventive cardiology. This includes promoting a balanced diet, regular physical activity, smoking cessation, and stress management.
Medical Management: Depending on an individual's risk factors and overall health, medications may be prescribed to control conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
Screening and Early Detection: Regular screenings and diagnostic tests may be recommended to detect cardiovascular problems at an early stage, allowing for timely intervention and prevention of complications.
Patient Education: Empowering individuals with knowledge about heart health, risk factors, and preventive measures is a fundamental part of preventive cardiology. Educated individuals are more likely to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and health.
Long-Term Follow-Up: Preventive cardiology involves ongoing monitoring and follow-up to ensure that individuals are maintaining healthy habits and to make adjustments to the preventive plan as needed.
HormoneSynergy® provides patients with the latest clinical research, patient care, education, sophisticated specialty and cardiovascular treatments.
As part of your treatment, we will strive to help you prevent complications such as coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction (heart attack), congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and cerebrovascular accidents (stroke).
It is through in-depth consultation, examination, non-drug AND drug treatment that patients are able to permanently modify their lifestyles and reduce cardiovascular risk. Dr. Retzler will provide you with effective tools to prevent you from being a cardiovascular statistic.
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