Cardiovascular diseases are physical ailments which typically affect your heart, arteries, and veins (circulatory system). Examples of such conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, diabetes and heart failure. Stroke is also another type of cardiovascular disease that severely affects the brain and body.
In order to prevent these kinds of illnesses you need to know how to get rid of the symptoms and conditions. The diagnosis of a specific type of cardiovascular disease is made by a specialist, but the hope is you will never have to experience such severe health problems in your lifetime.
Medical staff that typically deals with any disease that affects major components of the circulatory system include the following: vascular surgeons, cardiologists, and neurologists. Sometimes several medical specialists monitor and operate on patients who may be suffering more than one type of cardiovascular medical condition.
According to one 2007 survey, cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. About 30% of these cardiovascular conditions are heart disease.
If a heart disease or other circulatory system malfunction does not cause death it can greatly impair the body. Some people are even disabled for life as a result of certain conditions.
Usually poor diet and lack of exercise are the two main causes of cardiovascular diseases, because neglect in these two areas leads to obesity. Poor lifestyle choices such as excessive alcohol use and chain smoking can also cause serious cardiovascular health problems.
However, a small portion of cases are a result of a family history of people who have similar conditions. Still, most cases of heart failure, high blood pressure, and other circulatory system diseases can be prevented.
Wise Prevention Tactics
You can make several changes toward a healthier you. Even if you may already have heart, artery, cholesterol, or blood pressure problems it still is never too late to make positive changes. You can even in some cases prolong your life if you are on death row.
Here are some wise tips for prevention or correction of cardiovascular conditions:
1. One of the most important changes you can make is to your diet. When you eat food that is lower in concentrations of saturated or trans fats it reduces chances that your arteries will be clogged. Of course, eating plenty of vegetables and fruits will help, and so will switching to whole grains instead of refined breads, and leader proteins such as fish or low-fat meat helps immensely.
Drinking less caffeine or less alcohol can reduce chances of a heart attack, and of course if you quit smoking it even helps prevent all kinds of respiratory cancers and cardiovascular problems.
2. Another helpful tip would be to exercise often. Aerobic exercises such as dancing. tread-milling, or jogging can help you keep your blood pumping normally. Resistance training (i.e. push-ups, handheld weight curls, or machine weight routines) can speed up your metabolism to help you keep your weight down. The combination of both of these kinds of activities (both aerobic fast-paced and slower resistance anaerobic routines) can improve your overall health.
3. Make healthier lifestyle decisions (i.e. stop smoking, reduce alcohol or caffeine intake). The more controlled substances you stop using (whether legal or illegal) the healthier you will become. You could even save your life if you stop consuming excess alcohol or caffeine, and you can possibly add years to your life if you stop smoking.