February brings with it Valentine’s Day. Doctors suggest the heart holiday should be about more than love and candy; it should be about your actual heart as well. The month is American Heart Month, an occasion that doctors hope will raise awareness about heart health and the dangers of heart disease. Cardiac problems remain the number one cause of death of American adults.
The risk factors for heart problems are mostly obvious, but often ignored. They start with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Diets high in fats cause cholesterol to build up, and often carry a lot of salt as well. All that creates an increase in blood pressure, which puts strain on the circulatory system and can be dangerous. Those dietary problems can also lead to obesity, which again adds pressure and stress to your cardiac system, making it more likely you’ll have a fatal medical problem.
Those issues can be hard to get a handle on, but some are a little easier. Smoking and drinking carry risks that are a little simpler to isolate. Regular alcohol use increases the risk of heart problems, as does tobacco. Doctors hope that this February, you’ll think about heart health and make a change that will lead to a long life with your loved one.
The eyes tell all. Lurking cardiac problems can be spotted by your eye doctor. #HealthStatus
- 1You’re at high risk for heart disease if you smoke, are obese or drink too much.
- 2Comprehensive eye exams are great for detecting small or larger problems with your body.
- 3Doctors are able to non-evasively inspect your blood vessels for problems beyond just eye issues.
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