Cardiovascular disease and stroke can be caused by a number of different factors but are typically characterized by a buildup of plaque in the arteries leading to the brain causing reduced blood flow, clots, and sometimes complete blockages of the blood vessels. Blockages of blood flow to the brain can deprive the brain of oxygen which causes serious brain damage, leading to permanent disability or death.
In the early stages of cardiovascular disease, there are often no symptoms, but as the condition worsens over time symptoms may become more apparent. Shortness of breath and chest pain are two common symptoms of cardiovascular disease, but if you are also experiencing sudden numbness or weakness, trouble speaking or seeing, sudden dizziness or sudden and severe headaches seek medical attention immediately. These are the early symptoms of a stroke and require immediate treatment.
If you have a history of heart disease or stroke, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a sedentary lifestyle, you may be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. However, you can reduce your risk by following these guidelines:
Contact us today or talk to your doctor to learn more about how you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The experienced physicians at Carolina Cardiology Associates are committed to the health of every patient who walks through our doors. We understand the challenges of cardiovascular disease and will work with you to provide treatment, education, and a plan for the future to help you live your healthiest life.