Skip to main content

5 Cardiovascular Conditions You Can Prevent or Reverse

5 Cardiovascular Conditions You Can Prevent or Reverse

It goes without saying that your heart is one of your most important organs, and the thought of something wrong with your heart can be overwhelming. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, many cardiovascular conditions can be prevented or even reversed.

As a board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Henock Saint-Jaques and his experienced team of cardiologists at Harlem Cardiology in East Harlem, New York, want you to know what steps you can take to prevent these five cardiovascular conditions.

1. Heart attack

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone in America has a heart attack every 40 seconds. To compound this, about 20% of those are silent heart attacks, meaning your heart is damaged but you’re not yet aware. 

The American Heart Association lists the following lifestyle changes as proactive steps toward preventing heart attacks:

You can’t stop a heart attack once it’s in progress, but acting quickly could save your life. Medication and even a catheterization with a stent can open your artery. Once you have a heart attack, you can continue to take strides to reduce your risk of future heart attacks by taking any prescribed medication and adopting healthy lifestyle choices.

2. High blood pressure

High blood pressure is dubbed a silent killer, but thankfully, once you’re aware of it, you can reverse it. Sometimes high blood pressure can be reversed through diet (especially reducing sodium intake and following DASH dietary guidelines) and regular exercise. If lifestyle modifications aren’t enough to safely lower your blood pressure, medication may help you. Managing high blood pressure is essential for preventing other cardiovascular conditions, including heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke.

3. Stroke

Although strokes are nicknamed “brain attacks,” they are still considered a cardiovascular condition. Some risk factors for strokes, such as aging, are unavoidable. However, there are plenty of risk factors within your control δΈ€ obesity, hypertension, sedentary lifestyle. By addressing your specific risk factors, you can help prevent future strokes. This includes:

If you do suffer a stroke, there are many medical interventions that can help prevent future strokes. This includes carotid endarterectomy as well as angioplasty and stents.

4. Heart palpitations

Heart palpitations can have innocent causes, such as anxiety, stress, or too much caffeine. In these instances, the best approach to reversing heart palpitations is to reduce stress, manage anxiety, and limit (or avoid) caffeine. 

On the other hand, heart palpitations can be signs of more serious conditions, such as arrhythmia. Arrhythmias can be caused by heart disease or heart valve problems. The best way to reverse heart palpitations in these cases is to identify the root cause of your heart palpitation and treat that.

5. Heart valve disease

Heart valve disease happens if one of the valves in your heart isn’t working quite right. Heart valve issues can be present at birth, but they develop later in life too. For example, rheumatic fever can contribute to heart valve disease. For this reason, seeking swift treatment for strep throat can help you avoid rheumatic fever and potential heart valve complications.  

Additionally, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests that exercise, eating a heart-friendly diet, and taking cholesterol medication (if prescribed) can help reduce heart valve damage.

Compassionate cardiovascular care

Because so many cardiovascular conditions respond well to treatment, it’s important to seek medical intervention if you suspect you have one of these conditions. To make an appointment at our Madison Avenue office, request an appointment online at any time. You can also reach us at 646-381-2181. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

What Can I Learn From My EKG?

If you’re scheduled for an upcoming EKG, you might wonder what you can learn from it. Whether you need an EKG to diagnose a condition or assess your treatment, there’s lots to learn! Let’s take a look.

Is My Diet Contributing to My High Cholesterol?

Lifestyle habits, such as leading a sedentary lifestyle or smoking, can increase your cholesterol, but so can your diet. Not sure if your diet is helping or hurting your cholesterol levels? Read on to learn more.

What Happens If I Don't Pass My Stress Test?

Stress tests provide valuable insights into how well your heart is functioning, but what happens if you don't pass your test? Read on as we explore common stress test results and what they mean.

Do Varicose Veins Run in Families?

Varicose veins are common yet unsightly lumpy veins. If your parents or siblings have them, you might wonder if you’re destined to have the same twisted veins on your legs. In this blog, we unpack the question: Do varicose veins run in families?

When to Worry About High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, is often dubbed a “silent killer” but at what point should you worry about it? Read on to learn more about high blood pressure and the signs you should be concerned about it.

Spring Clean Your Diet to Improve Your Heart Health

With spring officially underway, many people are now organizing, cleaning, and decluttering their homes, but don’t stop with cobwebs and dust. Spring clean your diet (and your pantry and your kitchen) to improve your heart health.