Prevent Heart Disease With Baylor Scott & White Health

you have a good heart. You spend your days working hard and often return home to devote yourself to your loved ones and hobbies. You do your best to stay healthy and live your life to the fullest. But what if all of that suddenly ends?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths per year in the United States. This makes heart disease the first leading cause of death in the United States and stroke, another heart disease, the fifth leading cause of death.

It is important to act fast when stroke symptoms are present.

react quickly

Stroke symptoms can vary depending on the person and the part of the brain affected, says Rashidul Hasan, MD, vascular neurologist and stroke medical director on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano. But, in general, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association acronym “befast” can be followed to identify the most common symptoms.

“B is for ‘balance problem’ which means sudden loss of balance or coordination. E is for ‘eye problem’ which means sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes. F means ‘dropping face. ‘ which means uneven face. A is for ‘arm drop’ which means one arm drops down. S is for ‘speech difficulty’ which means trouble speaking or slurred speech. T’ on 911 It’s time to call,” says Dr. Hasan.

Elizabeth Fagan, MD, medical director of the emergency department at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney, recommends looking in a mirror if you’re alone because facial sagging can’t always be felt.

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It is also important to act quickly in the event of a heart attack.

“Symptoms include: chest discomfort that may feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain; pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or abdomen; difficulty breathing; and cold sweats, Other symptoms including nausea, or lightheadedness,” Dr. Fagan explains.

Dr. Fagan says that acting quickly can buy time for life-saving treatments.

“Paramedics can begin necessary treatments in their home and continue them during transport to the hospital. Additionally, emergency medical systems can activate cardiac cath labs for heart attack treatment or emergency and radiology departments for stroke Both actions allow us to more quickly restore blood flow to patients’ heart/brain and improve outcomes,” says Dr. Fagan.

know your risk

Stroke risks can be divided into two categories, modifiable (which

that which can change) and immutable (that which cannot change), according to Dr. Hasan.

“Common modifiable risk factors are high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation (A-fib), smoking, illicit drug use, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption, diet, sleep apnea, and kidney disease,” says Dr. Hassan. ” “Non-modifiable risk factors include male gender, older age, and genetic factors.”

Up to 90 percent of first stroke cases can be prevented by changing risk factors.

“The best way to know your risk is to have an annual physical exam by your primary care provider, identify your risk factors, and treat them accordingly,” says Dr. Hassan.

Some risk factors for stroke and heart attack overlap. Overarching risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity and physical inactivity, according to Siby Thomas, MD, cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Centennial.

heart disease prevention

“When it comes to heart disease, there are some factors that cannot be changed, such as age, ethnicity and family history,” says Dr. Thomas. “Therefore, factors that can be changed, controlled or reduced with lifestyle changes should be the main focus.”

“Some examples of lifestyle changes you can make are avoiding tobacco products, getting at least 150 minutes of exercise per week, and eating a diet composed of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat proteins such as lean meat, fish, Eating a healthy balanced diet. Poultry, and eggs,” says Dr. Thomas.

Dr. Thomas urges that if you have risk factors for heart disease, it’s important to have regular checkups with your primary care doctor and screening with a local cardiologist.

treatment for heart disease

“The best approach is to recognize the symptoms and discuss your concerns with a health care provider,” says Dr. Thomas.

When looking for where to get medical care, you want the best team that wants the best for you.

So, keep living your life to the fullest, protect your heart, and call Baylor Scott & White Health if you have any concerns.

Physicians provide clinical services as members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health’s subsidiary, community, or affiliated medical centers and as employees or agents of Baylor Scott & White Health or those medical centers does not provide diagnostic services.

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