5 Factors that Put You at Risk for Developing Angina

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Thousands of Americans die each day from heart disease. It remains one of the country’s most serious health problems. When your heart fails to receive enough blood flow, you can experience chest pain referred to as angina, and it’s a common symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD). A diagnosis of angina is a wakeup call that you need to make some heart-healthy lifestyle changes that could possibly save your life.

The risk factors for angina are the same for CAD. By acting now to control these risk factors, you can improve heart disease and reduce the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious complication.

#1: High cholesterol

Elevated cholesterol is a major risk factor for angina. On its own cholesterol isn’t a bad guy. In fact your body requires a small amount of it to function properly. Problems occur when you have too much cholesterol in your blood, know medically as hypercholesterolemia. Nearly six million adults have high cholesterol. When this waxy, fat-like substance remains elevated, it can impact your heart health in the following ways:

#2: Elevated blood pressure

Roughly 1 in 3 adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many are unaware of it. High blood pressure refers to the force against your arteries as your heart pumps blood throughout your body. Hypertension is often called a silent disease, because it typically occurs without symptoms. It can quietly damage your body for years and go on to cause heart failure, kidney damage, heart attack, and stroke. High blood pressure can also damage the blood vessels that supply blood to your eyes and can cause sexual dysfunction. It’s vital to have your blood pressure checked. And if you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s critical to take the necessary steps to get it under control.

#3: Obesity

Carrying excess weight places a major burden on many of the systems of your body, including your heart. When you’re overweight or obese, your heart must work hard to circulate blood throughout your body, and your heart health suffers. Obesity itself increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes, to name a few. The good news is that even modest weight loss can have a significant impact on lowering your risk factors for angina and heart disease. Talk to your provider about the best approach to trimming down if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above.

#4: Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you’re at an increased risk for heart disease. Over time, elevated blood sugar can cause damage to the vessels that supply blood to your heart, leading to symptoms, such as angina. People with diabetes also tend to have other risk factors that have a negative impact on heart health, such as obesity and high cholesterol. That’s why it’s crucial that you work with your provider to get your blood sugar in check. Your heart health depends on it.

#5: Smoking

Tobacco use is a major risk factor for developing angina and coronary artery disease. Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ in your body and is especially harmful to your circulatory system. It damages your blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, and bladder to name a few. The chemicals in tobacco can damage the structure of your blood vessels, causing them to become stiff and inflexible.

If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, take steps to quit. Your doctor can prescribe medication to help you.

Left untreated, heart disease can lead to a potentially deadly heart attack or stroke. Take control of your heart health today.

Serving the Northern Detroit area, cardiologist Bahjat Shahbandar provides the highest quality of care here at the Shahbandar Heart Clinic. Call our nearest office to schedule an appointment or click the button to book online.

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