It’s a no-brainer that lifestyle habits such as a poor diet or smoking and excessive drinking can increase your risks for cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels, all  of which can lead to severe chest pain, heart attack, or stroke.

The best way to prevent or even receive early treatment starts with knowing the risks, some of which include:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being physically inactive
  • Smoking
  • Age (over 55)

Some predisposed risk factors like a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol aren’t easily controllable or preventable.  Other risk factors of heart disease can develop due to poor lifestyle habits such as smoking or an inactive lifestyle, with symptoms showing with age.

Some signs and symptoms of heart disease to look out for include:

  • Severe chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Racing or slow heartbeat
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, and upper back or abdomen

You can prevent your chances of being diagnosed with heart disease by:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Staying physically active
  • Reducing your salt and sugar intake
  • Quitting your smoking habits
  • Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Monitoring your numbers

The best way to know if you are at risk for heart disease is to get regularly screened for high blood pressure.  Every medical visit at AFC Urgent Care includes a blood pressure screening.  If your readings illustrate risks for hypertension or high blood pressure, we will refer you to your primary care physician, or a specialist for further evaluation.

For more information about the services we provide, please call us at 425-291-3300 .