The latest information says that nearly half of all Americans have some type of cardiovascular disease, a shocking statistic that rose when new guidelines for high blood pressure were published. At YoungerMeMD, Kenneth Varano, DO, specializes in preventing cardiovascular disease and detecting existing disease at the earliest possible stage so you can get treatment to promote a long, active life. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, or use the online booking feature.
Cardiovascular disease includes any problem with the function or structure of your heart and blood vessels. These are only a few examples of the many types of cardiovascular conditions:
Of all cardiovascular diseases, the most common is coronary artery disease. This condition develops when cholesterol builds up in the arteries supplying blood to your heart. As the plaque accumulates and hardens, it blocks blood flow, causing chest pain and weakening your heart muscles.
As a group, cardiovascular diseases cause symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue. However, specific conditions also have their own symptoms. For example, arrhythmias cause rapid or irregular heartbeats.
Cardiovascular disease is often preventable because it’s caused by health conditions you can avoid or control, such as:
Even if cardiovascular disease runs in your family, you can counteract the influence of your genes by adjusting your lifestyle factors.
There are three key steps for preventing cardiovascular disease:
To identify your risk factors, Dr. Varano evaluates your medical and family history, runs specialized blood tests to measure biomarkers for cardiovascular disease, and assesses your current health status.
After identifying your risk factors, Dr. Varano works with you to create a plan to change your risks to prevent cardiovascular disease. In most cases, you can reduce your risks by improving nutrition, getting enough exercise, losing weight, reducing stress, and stopping smoking.
Early detection of cardiovascular disease is essential for protecting your health. Based on your risk factors, Dr. Varano recommends a screening schedule.
The Res-Q brand includes several natural supplements formulated to promote your heart health. They offer individual products such as omega-3 fish oil and red yeast rice.
To ensure you maintain optimal heart health, call YoungerMeMD or book an appointment online to start your cardiovascular screening and prevention program.