If you’re at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke, you may be wondering if you should take a statin to help lower your risk. Statins lower the amount of bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood by reducing how much of it your body makes. Statins can also decrease inflammation around the cholesterol buildup in your arteries. A heart-healthy lifestyle can help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke but without the possible side effects of statins, such as muscle aches. Here’s help comparing your options and deciding if you should take statins to reduce your risk.
Healthy habits such as eating right, exercising regularly, and not smoking can help you keep your heart healthy. Whether you have an existing heart or blood vessel disease or not, a heart-healthy lifestyle is a good idea for everyone. It can help your heart and blood vessels stay healthy and lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke. This helpful resource provides tips for living a heart-healthy lifestyle and interactive tools to help you take action to improve your health.
Did you know that coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Coronary artery disease is caused by fatty deposits of plaque that build up in your coronary arteries, the arteries that supply blood to your heart. When this happens, your heart muscle may not get enough blood. Coronary artery disease is serious because it can lead to heart attack. Whether or not you’ve had a heart attack, there are many things you can do to slow the disease and reduce your risk of future heart issues. Here’s a resource full of useful information on coronary artery disease risk, prevention, treatment, and more. If you have more questions regarding your heart health, contact the cardiology specialists at ICA Cardiology by calling (713) 790-9125 today! Our specialists are highly trained and provide expert cardiology care to patients throughout Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.
Blood pressure is the measure of how hard your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. When blood pressure is too high, it can damage your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys. Although high blood pressure usually can’t be cured, there are two ways it can be controlled: daily medicines and lifestyle changes. For some people, lifestyle changes—like losing weight, being active, and limiting sodium and alcohol—might be enough to lower blood pressure. If these healthy habits aren’t enough to bring your blood pressure down or if you have other health issues, you may need to take medicines. Use this interactive guide to compare your options and decide which treatment is right for you.
High cholesterol. High blood pressure. Diabetes. Smoking. Family history. All of these things increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Knowing your risk can help you and your doctor talk about whether you need to lower your risk. A heart-healthy lifestyle, statins, and blood pressure medicine are just some of the treatments you might consider to lower your risk and improve your heart health. When it comes to understanding how to care for your heart and making those important treatment decisions, we’ve got you covered with this helpful resource.
Statins are a kind of medicine that can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. People who smoke or have diabetes are at a greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Your sex, age, race, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels also play a part. Even if you’ve never had heart problems before, you might be prescribed statins. If you don’t want to take a pill every day, you may be able to lower your risk with a heart-healthy lifestyle. Learn more about the pros and cons of statins and decide what’s right for you.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heartbeat that causes poor blood flow and may lead to blood clots. Anticoagulant medicines—sometimes called blood thinners—make it harder for your blood to clot. This is good because it makes you less likely to have a stroke, but it also puts some people at risk of bleeding problems. So how do you know whether you should take this medicine? Check out our fact sheet to learn more about AF, the pros and cons of anticoagulants, and who should (or should not) take them.
Your heart is amazing—it sends blood, oxygen, and nutrients to every part of your body. Many health concerns get pushed aside during the pandemic, but your heart can’t be one of them. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, eat a heart-healthy diet, and take any medicine your doctor has given you. Read on for our complete guild to heart health.
Heart attacks can look and feel different for each person. Symptoms might include pain, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, and feeling lightheaded. Some people describe the feeling as “strange,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.” If you think you or someone else might be having a heart attack, call 911. Even if you think it might just be heartburn or a pulled muscle, make the call. Heart attacks are scary, but many are preventable. It may be time to consider a heart attack risk screening from ICA Cardiology.