Your heart is a strong, muscular organ. But if you don’t take good care of it, it can weaken and become susceptible to all sorts of serious health problems, like heart failure . MountainView Hospital is a widely acclaimed heart hospital with a mission of helping families in Las Vegas work toward better heart health. Watch the accompanying video to hear one of our cardiologists explain what he wants his patients to know about the importance of prevention.
Heart problems can occur at any age
Cardiology issues can affect anyone—from infants to seniors. One of the top things cardiologists want their patients to know is that, although heart problems are often preventable, it’s important to start early in life. For instance, even if your blood pressure is within normal levels, you can be mindful about your sodium intake to reduce your risk of high blood pressure later in life.
It’s easy to get proactive about your heart health
Dealing with health issues can seem intimidating, but your doctor is always there to help make it easier for you. Doctors welcome patients who take a proactive approach to their own healthcare, like asking questions and scheduling annual physicals.
Take the initiative to ask your doctor if you should have any screening tests, such as the following:
- Cholesterol check
- Blood pressure check
- Blood glucose test
- Calcium score
You should also know your body mass index. Knowing your numbers will help you and your doctor plan for a healthier future .
Medication management is important
If you already do have heart disease, know that your prescribed medications can only help you if you take them according to the dosage instructions. Let your doctor know about any challenges you have with medication management.
Your doctor should know about any over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies you use, as some of them may interact with prescription drugs.
Small changes really can make a big difference
It can be hard to overhaul multiple aspects of your lifestyle, but small changes do add up. Protect your heart by living consciously and making daily decisions that matter.
Reduce the amount of sugar you add to coffee, go meatless one day per week or ride your bicycle to work. The little changes can make all the difference over time.
Please call 911 without delay if you think you could be having a heart attack or any other life-threatening medical emergency. The emergency care team at MountainView Hospital is here 24/7, every day of the year to save the lives of our neighbors throughout Las Vegas. If you have a general question about our heart hospital services, call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.