Do you have uncomfortable pressure in your chest that comes and goes? Are there areas of your upper body, back or jaw which causes you pain? Shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness? These may be warning signs that signal an impending heart attack. Signs of a stroke include difficulty with speech, face drooping and arm weakness.
Heart disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes, consuming healthy food, and reducing stress levels, just to name just a few. Many other types of disease or organ dysfunction may also increase your risk. Early diagnosis and treatment of these diseases can significantly reduce your chance of developing heart disease, which continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, occurring in 1 out of every 4 deaths.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease may be the result of many conditions which decrease oxygen and nutrients delivered to your organs. When the arteries, veins or a weakened muscle structure of the heart occurs, the heart no longer functions at full capacity resulting in heart attack or stroke. Early diagnosis of diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, hormonal imbalance or high cholesterol can benefit in the prevention of heart disease.
We Can Help!
Our doctors here at Holtorf Medical Group are specially trained to diagnose causes of heart disease and implement treatments which can prevent it. Speak with your doctor or call a patient representative at 877-508-1177 for more information.
What Causes Heart Disease?
Hormone imbalance plays a major factor in the development of heart disease. Many studies have shown decreased levels of the hormone testosterone to be directly responsible in the development of heart disease. This is why statistically men are at more risk than women to die of heart disease. Low testosterone and estrogen levels in women also have a direct effect on the heart as well.
The thyroid also plays a significant role in heart function, such as having too little thyroid hormone, found in patients with hypothyroidism. This causes the heart to beat too slowly or irregularly. When this happens, your organs and tissues are not getting enough oxygen and nutrients. Diabetes, due to lack of insulin production or decreased ability to process, also contribute greatly to heart disease. Blood pressure changes and high cholesterol levels, which lends to clogging of the arteries, also impact heart function significantly.
What are the Symptoms of Heart Disease?
There are many indicators that heart disease may be present and often times missed if chest pain is not present. These symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain, numbness or weakness in legs or arms
- Pain in neck, jaw, upper back/abdomen or throat
- Fluttering feeling in chest
- Slow heartbeat/racing heartbeat
- Swelling of legs, ankles or feet
How is Heart Disease Diagnosed?
Diagnosis and early treatment can prevent heart disease from developing. It is important to check for causes which may be a contributing factor to a heart disease. These include hormonal imbalances, thyroid imbalances, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
If a heart attack or stroke is suspected, there are many tests which can confirm this, such as an EKG (electrocardiogram), blood tests to measure cardiac enzyme levels, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization.
There are many things which you can also do to help prevent heart disease. These include:
- Eat healthy (fruits and vegetables)
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t smoke
- Eat healthy “good” fat in your diet
- Monitor your blood pressure
Is Treatment Right for Me?
It is important to speak with your doctor regarding any symptoms of hormone imbalance, thyroid imbalance, diabetes or high cholesterol levels. Your doctor can test, diagnose and implement a treatment plan which can prevent heart disease. For more information please call 877-508-1177 to speak with a patient representative.