Heart disease has the potential to affect most of us, although factors such as age, sex, ethnicity, and genetics can all affect our chances, there is still a lot we can do to prevent it. The condition is very dangerous, it's the leading cause of death in the United States so while you can take steps toward minimizing your risks you do not have to do it alone, contact your Argyle, TX, doctors for more information. Reach out to Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice if you would like to learn more.
Identifying Underlying Conditions
Conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can all contribute to heart disease and often worsen its effect. To proactively battle against heart disease it's important to combat these conditions as well.
Watching What You Eat
Foods high in cholesterol, saturated and trans fats can negatively impact our overall health as well as increase the cholesterol in our bodies. Excess cholesterol can build up and cling to the inside of our arteries. It's also important to limit how much food high in sugar we consume, to prevent or to manage diabetes if we already suffer from it. Eating too much salt can cause our blood pressure to rise. Ask your doctor for guidance on the types of foods you can eat to prevent heart disease.
Staying Physically Active
The act of being physically active can help you manage your blood pressure and along with a good diet, you can help reduce your weight. Obesity has been shown as a leading risk for heart disease, and all the extra weight you carry makes your circulatory system work a lot harder than it has to. Again, consult with your doctor about appropriate exercises.
Avoiding Bad Habits
Drinking too much can affect your blood pressure, so you may be advised to curtail your drinking. If you smoke, however, you may be asked to quit to prevent heart disease.
Heart Disease Treatment in Argyle, TX
Both high cholesterol and high blood pressure do not typically have symptoms on their own, so to be as proactive as possible visiting your doctor on a regular basis is key. They can help you monitor and manage all the underlying conditions that can cause heart disease. So if you're in or near Argyle, TX, dial (940) 226-4850 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hughes and Dr. Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice.