Do You Understand the Symptoms and Risks of Cardiovascular Disease?

Do You Understand the Symptoms and Risks of Cardiovascular Disease?

We talk a lot on our blog about sudden cardiac arrest, but today let’s look at a broader topic in heart health. The CDC lays out some scary statistics from the American Heart Association about cardiovascular disease in their article on Heart Month:

“Cardiovascular disease (CVD)—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.”


As the Mayo Clinic explains, “Cardiovascular disease is caused by narrowed, blocked or stiffened blood vessels that prevent your heart, brain or other parts of your body from receiving enough blood.” Unfortunately, these conditions aren’t often found until after a patient experiences a heart attack or stroke. So understanding the symptoms of these diseases is critical in order to get the right care as quickly as possible.

Symptoms vary depending on what type of heart ailment is present, and the Mayo Clinic offers a comprehensive review in their article on CVD.

Always remember that there are three hallmark symptoms which indicate immediate action should be taken. Seek emergency medical care if you are experiencing:

Risk factors for CVD

Risk factors for developing heart disease include:

The next time you see your doctor, be sure he or she has a record of any family history of heart disease that may impact your health, and explore together the preventative measures you can take to keep your heart going for many years to come.

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