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There are many risk factors that can make you more prone to cardiovascular disease, some of which you can change (modifiable risk factors) and some of which you cannot change. The most common risk factors include:
high blood pressure
high-trans fat diet
excessive alcohol consumption
family history of cardiovascular problems
male gender (although the gender difference evens out once a woman reaches menopause)
Asian or African ancestry
In addition, some medications such as those used in hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Neither high blood pressure nor high cholesterol cause symptoms on their own, which is one of the reasons why seeing the doctor regularly and having a cardiology evaluation is critical for maintaining good health and avoiding heart attack and stroke.
The American Heart Association recommends men and women begin heart attack prevention at age 20. That means evaluating heart health as well as assessing risk factors so you can make necessary changes in your habits to help decrease your risk. Patients over age 40 and those with a personal or family history of heart problems need to be especially proactive in having their health assessed. Ask Dr. Aziz about the steps you can take to evaluate your heart health and your need for a cardiac assessment including a stress test..
The signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease can vary based on the underlying cause; they may include:
dizziness or lightheadedness
shortness of breath
pale or cold skin
chest pain or discomfort
swelling in the legs, feet or ankles
If you've had any of these symptoms, schedule a cardiology evaluation right away.
Dr. Aziz accepts most major insurance plans.
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