Womens Heart Disease

Womens Heart Disease Early detection and prevention are the best defenses in maintaining your health. We all know that the earlier a disease is detected, the greater the chances it can be treated successfully.

Prevention is just as important. Cardio-Med can help you put together a prevention plan involving diet, exercise and other important factors.

The sections below outline the main components of a prevention plan.

Assessment

Start with an initial assessment of risk factors and health concerns. Our physical exam, heart scan and body scan provide a great deal of information for early detection.

Periodic physicals accompanied by a body scan can track your progress and identify new risks.


Diet

Diet is a very important factor for several diseases, including heart disease. Learning to eat nutritiously is not hard. The key is to
* Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products
* Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and low-fat dairy products
* Drink lots of water
* Go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat and trans fat
Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals. Look for trans fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines and shortenings.

The levels of fat and cholesterol in the body are some key measures which our body fat composition analysis can provide. The heart scan and stroke scan are other procedures that can detect cholesterol buildup in the arteries. Cardio-Med has dietitians available who can work with you on a diet plan.


Exercise

Regular exercise is a key element in staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better.

Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days a week. Exercise Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling.

The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. If you've been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.


Stress

We all have stress sometimes. But long-term stress can increase the risk of diseases like depression, heart disease and a variety of other problems.

If you have chronic stress, the best way to deal with it is to take care of the underlying problem. Counseling can help you find ways to relax and calm down. Medicines may also help.


Smoking

There's no way around it: smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts.

Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of these problems. The earlier you quit, the greater the health benefit.

Cardio-Med's lung scan and chest x-ray detect lung cancer and other abnormalities of the lungs. Tumors can be caught at the earliest stages when lung cancer can be curable.


Alcohol

For many people, moderate drinking is probably safe. It may even have health benefits, including reducing your risk of certain heart problems. Moderate drinking is one drink a day for women or anyone over 65, and two drinks a day for men under 65.

Some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people on certain medicines and people with some medical conditions. If you have questions about whether it is safe for you to drink, speak with your physician.

Anything more than moderate drinking can be risky. Years of heavy drinking can lead to liver disease, heart disease, cancer and pancreatitis. It can also cause problems at home, at work and with friends. A blood test and abdomen scan from Cardio-Med can detect some of the effects.

Source: Medline Plus, a service of the National Institutes of Health