Is Heart Disease Curable?
Managing and Treatment Heart Disease With Our Tri-City Cardiology Physicians
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for the demise of over 610,000 Americans every year—nearly 25% of all annual fatalities. Heart disease includes a broad range of cardiac problems, including coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, congestive heart failure, stroke, and cardiac arrest.
Given how significant this health problem is and how it often runs in families, many of our patients wonder:
Can it be cured?
Treatment vs. Cure: What Can Be Done?
Unfortunately, research suggests it’s not possible to " cure" heart disease. However, it can usually be well-managed through a combination of medical and lifestyle interventions. With proper treatment, many people living with heart disease enjoy long, meaningful, active, and independent lives.
Our cardiology team near Mesa, San Tan, Gilbert, and Scottsdale AZ offers a variety of evidence-based treatment options that improve cardiovascular function, slow the progression of your heart disease, maximize long-term outcomes, and enhance your quality of life.
Preventing and Managing Cardiac Problems: Lifestyle Tips From Our Heart Doctors
While it may not be possible to completely eliminate your chances of developing heart disease, you certainly can do things to reduce your risk! Consider these helpful lifestyle tips from our heart doctors:
- Know your family history. If you have family members who have had cardiac problems, you may be more at risk for heart disease. In addition to adopting the following strategies, you may need to schedule more frequent check-ups with your physician to improve the chances of early detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Don’t smoke! If you do smoke, quit. According to SmokeFree.gov, quitting smoking improves your blood pressure and pulse almost immediately. And within just 24 hours of quitting, your risk for a heart attack already decreases!
- Maintain a healthy diet that helps you maintain lean body mass, healthy blood pressure, and healthy blood cholesterol levels. Focus on high quality, whole, and nutrient-dense foods like animal protein, healthy fats, and fresh or frozen produce.
- Avoid sugary and heavily processed foods which are known to promote inflammation in the body. Inflammation is associated with an increased risk for heart disease.
- Make exercise a part of your daily life! The American Heart Association recommends aiming for 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity.
All of these behavioral changes can help you prevent heart disease, and they can help you manage heart disease if you’re already living with it. Please be aware that you should always speak with your doctor before starting any new dietary or lifestyle routine. Our staff would be happy to offer you some additional guidance!
Need Help Healing Your Heart? Contact Tri-City Cardiology Today
To work with leaders in cardiovascular excellence, manage your cardiac problems, and get your heart as healthy as possible, contact Tri-City Cardiology at 480-835-6100 to schedule an appointment.