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.
When you walk regularly, your heart becomes stronger, your blood moves through your body better, and your lungs can take in more oxygen. Exercise can also help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and feel happier. Check with your doctor first if you have heart problems or you haven’t exercised recently, and start slow if you need to—every little bit helps! Stuck inside? Try a treadmill with a cool walking video app. Keep reading for more tips on how to start your walking routine.
It’s normal for your blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays high, you may be at greater risk of a stroke or heart attack. Most people can’t feel high blood pressure (called hypertension), so it’s important to check it regularly. The good news is that there are many ways to treat high blood pressure. Losing weight (if needed), eating less sodium, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol may be enough to get your blood pressure under control. If not, you might also need to take pills. Learn more about high blood pressure and how to treat it. If you have questions or think you may have high blood pressure, 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.
We all know that regular exercise is an important part of heart health, but how should you choose the activities that are right for you? The best fitness plan is the one you stick with. Is the gym your second home? Do you enjoy a brisk walk through the park? Are you the competitive type? Some people like a class environment or music to stay motivated. Others prefer time in a quiet yoga studio or a trail hike with their dog. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise. These simple questions can help you choose a plan that fits with your personality and lifestyle.
There’s more to battling cholesterol than just lowering your cholesterol numbers. It’s really about lowering your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. There are lifestyle changes you can make and medicines called statins that will help you win the fight. This guide helps you plan how you might eat heart-healthy foods and get active. It also discusses the risks and benefits of taking statins, who they are recommended for, and other medicines your doctor might prescribe.