At Healthy Partners Primary Care of Ft. Lauderdale, we understand the importance of living a heart-heathy lifestyle. Adopting simple changes to your diet and exercise routine can help you and your loved ones manage health conditions and prevent heart disease. Learn tips on how to be on the path to heart healthy life.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease describes a group of diseases such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems and congenital heart defects. More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year making it the leading cause of the death in the United States. The most common type, Coronary artery disease(CAD), occurs when arteries that supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrowed by cholesterol plaque. This can eventually lead to chest pain, heart failure or a heart attack.
What Are The Symptoms of Heart Disease
Symptoms of heart disease depend on the type and may differ between men and women. If you or a loved one experiences any of the following signs or symptoms, please make an appointment with your local Healthy Partners Primary Care physician.
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue that increases during physical exertion
- Fluttering or thumping feeling in the chest (arrhythmia)
- Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
Can Heart Disease Be Prevented?
Although certain types of heart disease cannot be prevented, you can improve your vascular health and prevent other types of heart disease through lifestyle changes such as:
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Quit Smoking
- Reduce and Manage Stress Levels
- Exercise Regularly
- Eat Fruits and Vegetables
- Keep Diabetes, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Under Control
A healthy heart is a happy heart. Stop by one of our Healthy Partners Primary Care locations today to learn more about heart health and preventing or managing heart disease.