Cardiovascular Disease: Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person dies from cardiovascular disease every 37 seconds in the United States . These numbers show that millions of Americans are affected by heart-related issues and are suffering the fatal consequences of not taking a proactive approach to their heart health.
Understanding what cardiovascular disease is, identifying symptoms early, and preventing irreversible damage can help you or your loved one live a long, healthy, and happy life.
The heart is one of the most vital organs responsible for our survival. Our hearts are constantly working 24/7, beating approximately 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. With that said, heart disease is also the number one cause of death, claiming about 1 million lives a year. Heart disease is often caused by buildup of plaque, calcium, cholesterol, and other substances inside the coronary arteries that are responsible for supplying oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles. Too much buildup restricts blood flow to the heart, which can result in a heart attack, stroke, or death. Knowing this, we must do what we can to ensure our hearts are functioning properly and optimally. Thankfully, there are some relatively simple lifestyle changes you can adopt to help you avoid or slow down, or drastically improve heart-related issues. Keep reading to learn more about how to work towards a healthier heart!