Each day, nearly 2,300 Americans die due to complications of cardiovascular disease. Globally, this number of deaths can reach more than 18 million annually, and continues to increase year over year. As a federally designated month in the United States, American Heart Month helps to shine a light on preventative health measures everyone can take to decrease this number. With heart disease as the leading cause of death for both men and women, it’s important to take even the smallest of steps to make a large impact.
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If you have unexplainable leg pain, especially after walking or exercising, you could be one of the eight to ten million people in the United States who suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD.) This condition is often under diagnosed and untreated, which is a serious problem due to the danger that it can pose.
If you have coronary artery disease (CAD), then you are one of more than 3 million people in the United States who have this condition.
CAD is caused by cholesterol and plaque build-up on the inner walls of the arteries that supply blood to your heart. Over time, this plaque can harden and restrict the flow of oxygen to your heart. This can eventually block your arteries completely causing a heart attack.
We all feel stressed and anxious from time to time, but can these feelings have long-term effects on our health? Studies show that they may. Symptoms of anxiety over long periods of time can begin to place unnecessary stress on the heart, increasing the risk of heart-related issues.
The heart is the strongest, most important muscle in your body. Though all men and women face the risk of developing heart diseases as they age, there are some ways to maintain a healthy heart for years to come.
In people who suffer from heart disease, doctors have begun noticing a trend where many of these patients also displayed signs of periodontal disease. This trend was confirmed through a series of studies finding that patients with periodontal disease are also more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. While the data is there to link the two issues, experts have yet to agree on the cause.
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.
Our offices will be closed on the following days:
- 11/24 & 11/25 in observance of Thanksgiving
- 12/26 in observance of Christmas
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Kristeen Derrick PA-C, recently graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program and concurrently received a Masters of Medical Science degree from St. Francis University.
Dr. Bethencourt was a faculty member and presented at the Re-Evolution Summit in Houston, Texas. It’s a hands-on summit to teach doctors and PA’s in the industry all over the country to learn new minimally invasive techniques. View the video below to see highlights: