Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
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What's Your Heart Score?

Even with a busy and periodically stressful lifestyle, it is important to prioritize healthy habits in the effort to ensure a future free of heart disease. All of us want to be healthy and enjoy living life well. To do this, we must make the lifestyle changes necessary to manage risk factors and prevent disease. In this video, you can learn seven simple steps to help you live a healthier life and avoid heart disease and stroke.

If you would like to learn more about heart disease, let the Heart Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center be your resource. For over forty years, our staff has led the way in providing the highest quality of cardiac care to our community. Contact us at (805) 497-2727.

Examining the Different Types of Heart Disease

Heart disease

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. There are many different kinds of heart disease—some develop over the course of a person’s life and others are congenital, or present at birth. Below are a few of the many different diseases that can affect the heart:

  • Coronary artery disease
    Coronary heart disease, or CAD, occurs when the heart muscle is not supplied with adequate blood flow due to a blockage of the coronary arteries, leading to heart muscle damage or a heart attack.
  • Irregular heart rhythm
    Arrhythmias are abnormal beats of the heart and can include beats that are too slow (bradycardia), beats that are too fast (tachycardia), extra beats, skipped beats, and beats coming from abnormal areas of the heart. Arrhythmias can be caused by the normal conduction pathway of the heart being interrupted or the heart’s natural pacemaker developing an abnormal rhythm.
  • Valve disease
    A valve is located at the exit of each of the four chambers of the heart and is responsible for preventing the backflow of blood. When these valves are compromised by stenosis or are leaky, heart failure can result. There are several types of heart valve disease that can be acquired over a lifetime or developed before birth.
  • Cardiomyopathy
    Cardiomyopathy is a progressive disease of the heart muscle in which the muscle becomes abnormally stiffened, thickened, or enlarged. As a result of these changes, the muscle’s ability to pump blood through the body is compromised, which can result in heart failure or abnormal heart rhythms.

Each type of heart disease has its own symptoms that depend on the severity and type of the heart condition. The Heart Disease Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is nationally recognized for providing the community of Thousand Oaks with some of the best cardiac care. Learn more about our full range of services by contacting us at (805) 497-2727.


Studies have shown that tumor-associated human papillomavirus (HPV) degrades tumor suppressing protein p53. Although this may sound like it has nothing to do with heart disease, the suppression of p53 has actually been shown to be associated with accelerated atherosclerosis. In this video, you can learn more about how oncogenic HPV can affect the rates of atherosclerosis in women living in the United States.

If you would like to learn more about reducing your risk of atherosclerosis or other cardiovascular diseases, contact the professionals at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. We are committed to providing the best possible care to the communities that we serve. Visit our website or contact our staff at (805) 497-2727.

Cardiovascular Disease - Reducing Your Risk Through Lifestyle Modifications

Heart Disease

Over the last twenty years, cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death worldwide. There are many issues related to cardiovascular disease, most of which are related to a condition called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis occurs when fatty plaques build up on the walls of arteries, narrowing them and making it much harder for blood to flow through. When a clot forms on these plaques, heart attack or stroke can result. Other types of cardiovascular disease include heart failure, arrhythmia, and valve disease.

To avoid developing diseases of the heart and vessels, make healthy lifestyle choices and develop heart-healthy habits:

  • Exercise
    Physical activity is essential for reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, and its benefits are proven and well-documented. Find an activity that you enjoy and do it often.
  • Eat the right kinds of fats
    Not all fats are bad for you. Dietary fats are actually vital in supporting cell growth and absorbing certain nutrients. Eat foods with a moderate amount of fat, such as lean meats, poultry, and fish. Avoid both saturated fats and trans fats.
  • Do not smoke
    Smoking is associated with more than just cardiovascular disease, so avoiding it will reduce your risk factors for multiple chronic medical conditions.
  • Lose excess weight
    Weight loss should be achieved through a combination of a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise under the supervision of your physician.
  • Practice good nutrition
    Changing your dietary habits can help reduce your risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess body weight.
  • Drink only in moderation
    If you drink alcohol, limiting your intake to one drink for women and two for men can reduce your risk for many cardiovascular events.

In the early stages of cardiovascular disease, making these simple lifestyle modifications can reverse, slow, or stop disease progression. To learn more about living a heart-healthy lifestyle, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center of Thousand Oaks, CA at (805) 497-2727.

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