Your Heart Health by the Numbers
Eating nutritious meals and exercising regularly are essential aspects of maintaining your heart health. It’s also important to know a few key numbers when it comes to warding off heart disease. These figures can reveal undiagnosed problems that may eventually cause serious issues, so be sure to consult with a heart doctor on a regular basis about your heart health.
Monitoring Your Waist
Many people know that excessive weight can contribute to heart disease. However, some might be surprised to learn that weight gained in certain areas can prove especially dangerous to cardiac wellness. In particular, your waist circumference can highlight the potential for future heart issues. For this reason, cardiologists recommend sticking to healthy lifestyle habits to maintain a healthy weight and a trim waistline.
Controlling Your Cholesterol
Cholesterol is an essential substance for complete wellness, but in many cases, people consume far more of it than they need. When too much low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol, is present in the bloodstream, it can begin to adhere to the arterial walls and reduce the amount of room that blood has to travel throughout the body. That is why controlling your cholesterol is integral to your health. When cholesterol levels are left high for too long, this can contribute to the formation of blood clots that can cut off blood to the brain or heart.
Managing Your Blood Pressure
Your circulatory system requires a certain level of pressure so that blood can travel to every part of the body that needs it. When this pressure exceeds normal levels, though, it can result in the deterioration of the blood vessels. Unfortunately, high blood pressure shows no noticeable symptoms, so it can develop and persist for years without diagnosis unless frequent readings are taken. To ensure that your blood pressure is not inadvertently contributing to a weakened circulatory system, have it checked regularly by a heart doctor.
Are you worried that your heart numbers are too high? Let Cardiac Solutions help you regain control of your heart health. To set up an appointment with one of our heart doctors, call (623) 208-5305. Our team of cardiologists in Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, and Sun City West can safely and effectively treat a wide range of heart-related conditions.