Cardiovascular Disease Q & A
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. But in most cases, cardiovascular disease is preventable. Through their medical membership program, Leslie Ware, PA-C, and her team of professionals at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, in Charlotte, North Carolina, provide you with the support you need to prevent or reduce risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease. Call today to schedule an appointment for your free consultation.
What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease, also often referred to as heart disease, is a general medical term that covers conditions that lead to a narrowing or blockage of your arteries, placing you at risk for having a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. PA Ware and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, have over 20 years of experience supporting patients in their efforts to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the health issues it may cause.
Atherosclerosis, which refers to the buildup of plaque and inflammation along your artery walls leading to stiffness and narrowing, is one of the most common causes of cardiovascular disease. If a blood clot forms, atherosclerosis can block the flow of blood and lead to a heart attack or stroke.
How do I know if I have cardiovascular disease?
You may not know you have cardiovascular disease until you have a heart attack or stroke. Staying on top of your health by testing for risk factors through a special lab test offered at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, may help reduce your risk of developing the heart condition.
You may be at risk of cardiovascular disease if you have:
- A diet high in sugar, fried and processed food
- High blood pressure or diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Family history of heart disease
Carrying excess weight and smoking also increases your risk. PA Ware and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, can determine if you have cardiovascular disease or you’re at risk after an examination and lab testing.
Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, takes heart health very seriously and offers comprehensive testing and physicals for patients who participate in the medical membership program. In addition to a thorough annual physical, you can expect basic blood tests, advanced heart disease lab testing, and electrocardiogram testing to examine your heart and determine your level of risk.
How can I prevent cardiovascular disease?
The team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, emphasize therapeutic lifestyle changes to keep your heart healthy, prevent or improve cardiovascular disease, and reduce your risk of more serious health conditions such as a heart attack or stroke.
Prevention may include:
- Heart-healthy diet
- Stress management
- Exercise program
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
If you have an underlying health condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, PA Ware and her team can help you improve your numbers to optimize your overall health and reduce the risk of complications.
For health care that focuses on prevention and wellness with minimal medicine whenever possible, call Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, today or contact us to request a free consultation.