Heart Health – What You Need to Know

Cardiovascular diseases are a serious health concern for individuals across the globe. According to WHO, 17.9 million individuals are died because of cardiovascular disease every year. In the United States alone, a citizen dies every 36 seconds due to a fatal cardiovascular condition.

Considering these statistics, it is important to note that heart health should be among the top priorities in peoples’ lifestyles. By taking care of one’s heart health, an individual can significantly reduce their chances of getting cardiovascular disease.

The Signs and Symptoms of Heart Health

Some of the signs and symptoms of poor heart health include:

  • Generalized fatigue and weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Inability to carry out long functional activities
  • Muscle pain
  • Heaviness in the chest
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurriness in vision
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypoglycemia

However, these are not the only symptoms of poor heart health. Even something as ordinary as a headache or cough can be an indication of disturbed heart health.

The Causes of Heart Health

Some of the causes behind poor heart health include but are not limited to the following:

  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Poor dietary choices, including intake of high cholesterol foods
  • Pollution
  • Inheritance
  • Old age
  • Male gender

The last three are non-modifiable causes of poor heart health, which are not always applicable. It is better to acknowledge that poor heart health is typically multifactorial and may or may not be caused by a single factor. However, not following a healthy lifestyle can significantly increase the chances of getting different cardiovascular diseases in the non-modifiable group.

The Treatment Options for Heart Health

Treatment starts with the correct diagnosis of the condition. Troponin tests, ESR, echo, ECG, and chest ultrasound, are some of the diagnostic procedures to evaluate the condition of the heart before medical management. Some blood-thinning agents such as aspirin are used among patients to prevent stroke and hemorrhage. Cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins are used to prevent dyslipidemia and atherosclerosis. In some, anticholinergic agents are used to treating tachycardia, and beta-blockers are given to reduce pressure on the heart.

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.