Putting a Stop to Heart Attack and Stroke
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the U.S. In fact, cardiovascular problems kill one out of every three people. This February, which is American Heart Month, the cardiology team at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center encourages our neighbors throughout the Thousand Oaks area to become more aware of the risks of cardiovascular problems. By taking steps now to improve your wellness, you can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Managing Medical Conditions
Risk factors of cardiovascular disease are often thought of as being one’s family history or lifestyle choices. However, having certain underlying health problems can also contribute to an increased risk of stroke or heart attack. For example, atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor of stroke. When you watch this video, which features a cardiology specialist, you’ll learn more about what atrial fibrillation is. If you have an existing medical condition, consider talking to your physician about whether it may lead to other medical problems and how you can manage it appropriately. Other medical risk factors of heart attack and stroke include the following:
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- Sickle cell disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Making Lifestyle Changes
Leading a healthy lifestyle is an integral part of reducing one’s risk of heart attack and stroke, along with a slew of other serious medical problems. If you already have a medical condition, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor before changing your exercise routine or dietary habits. Enjoying physical activity and following a low-fat, low-sugar, and high-fiber diet can help keep your heart and vascular system working properly. Other important lifestyle choices include avoiding first-hand and second-hand smoke, and limiting or avoiding alcoholic beverages.
The cardiology specialists at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center work closely with patients to develop effective, actionable solutions for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention . Not only is our hospital a Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center, we are a Certified Primary Stroke Center. Thousand Oaks residents are urged to call 911 for emergency assistance or contact our heart hospital at (877) 888-5746 with non-emergent inquiries.