SOURCE: Long Island Heart Associates

Long Island Heart Associates

August 12, 2015 11:22 ET

Preventing Heart Disease, No Matter Your Age

MINEOLA, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 12, 2015) -  The American Heart Association stresses heart disease prevention is a life-long project. Long Island cardiology practice, Long Island Heart Associates (LI Heart), believes in prevention and strives to be an educational resource for heart health to lower the prevalence of heart disease mortality. LI Heart outlines what people should do to prevent heart disease in each decade of life.

Establishing a relationship with a physician is important. Young, healthy people tend to neglect the importance of yearly physicals. Knowing typical blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers early on will make it easier to notice changes later.

Maintaining a regular exercise routine at a young age is proven to translate into later years. It's more difficult to pick up daily jogging with no prior experience.

Avoiding, or quitting, smoking is essential. Putting off quitting is a common mistake among people younger than 30.

Repeated unhealthy family meals should not become a habit. Consistent balanced meals are not only essential for kids, but for prevention for adults.

Family history plays a role in heart disease risk. Learning family history will assess heart attack risk, emphasizing the importance of prevention. It is also important to recognize that an individual can still be at risk even if heart conditions are not present in family history.

Long-term stress is known to increase blood pressure, which may damage artery walls over time, eventually causing heart conditions. Learning stress management will not only benefit overall quality of life, but can decrease heart attack risk.

In the 40s, regular heart health screenings including blood pressure checks and fasting blood sugar (FBS) tests are important. FBS tests measure blood glucose after an eight-hour fast period. The test checks for prediabetes and diabetes, both of which increase heart disease risk.

Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, which can attribute to high blood pressure and heart disease. Snoring is harmless in 80 percent of cases, but it's important to recognize it as a potential warning.

Learning the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack can save a life. Symptoms may vary between men and women. Heart attacks can be mild and present themselves as extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. These symptoms must still be acknowledged and addressed to prevent future life-threatening heart attacks.

If diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or any other condition, individuals in their 50s must closely follow their treatment plan. Ignoring doctors' orders will likely worsen the condition, increasing heart attack risk.

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If heart attack symptoms are present, immediate help is necessary. Waiting for mild symptoms to pass may be life-threatening.

Healthy weight maintenance, nutritious diet and physical activity will enforce the years of prevention. Ideally, tips for each decade should be passed onto the next decade. Prevention is key.

Tests including echocardiograms, stress testing, and cardiac CT help LI Heart's board-certified cardiologists understand the presence or development of coronary artery disease and halt its advancement with drug therapy before invasive treatment is required. With modem technology and available treatment options, risk of a cardiac event can be greatly diminished. Patients, especially those with a strong family history, can learn their risks and take measures to prevent serious conditions. Removing the stress of worry will contribute to good health.

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Contact Information

  • Steven S. Shayani, MD, FACC, FASNC
    Long Island Heart Associates
    200 Old Country Road #278
    Mineola, NY 11501
    (516) 858-2323