For both men and women, heart disease is the leading cause of death. Every year more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease. That’s one out of every four people in the U.S. It is sobering to note that 735,000 Americans will have a heart attack this year and it will be the first time for 525,000; but a quarter of that figure will be repeat sufferers. Only 255 people who have heart disease are aware of the symptoms of a heart attack.
What is heart disease and what are its symptoms?
Any condition that affects the heart is categorized as heart disease. This includes blood vessel diseases, heart rhythm problems and congenital heart defects. There are several key warnings that present themselves when someone is about to have a heart attack, such as nausea, lightheadedness or cold sweats, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort and upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach.
What causes heart disease?
People who suffer from heart disease usually have several factors in common. They have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Lifestyle practices are a major contributor. Additional risk factors include: having diabetes, being obese, eating poorly, being physically inactive, smoking and abusing alcohol.
How heart disease is usually diagnosed and treated
The tests to diagnose heart disease will vary. Nonetheless, an expert physician will accompany these blood tests and X-rays with a physical exam and inquire about a patient’s family medical history. Other reliable tests include an Electrocardiogram (ECG), which records electrical signals and helps to identify irregularities in your heart’s rhythm and structure. Holter monitoring is a portable device you wear to record a continuous ECG, usually for 24 to 72 hours. An Echocardiogram is a noninvasive exam that takes an ultrasound of the chest. It also shows detailed images of your heart’s structure and function.
There is also cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiac catheterization and a cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan. Dr. Holly advises that heart disease can effectively be deterred or treated with lifestyle changes. People who smoke should quit smoking. People who drink excessively should stop drinking. People who overeat should eat in moderation and include a daily exercise plan.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat heart disease?
Chiropractic care has grown quite popular in the last century. Patients are exploring more and more alternative medical practices to help them get rid of their ailments and lifelong illnesses without medication. Many patients have recovered under the care of expert chiropractors like Dr. Holly Clemens. Her expertise has helped patients relieve chest pain, lower blood pressure, prevent heart attacks, reduce heart rate and support the cardiovascular system.
If you are suffering from heart disease, you may want to make an appointment to see Dr. Holly and find out how chiropractic care can help you recover and get back on track to good health. When you book an appointment by calling us at 980.422.2000, she will perform an initial examination that includes a physical analysis and X-rays. Be prepared to answer relevant questions about your lifestyle, as it is a major contributing factor, along with abnormalities that may exist in your spine and nervous system.
On the fence? No pressure to book an in-person appointment if you’re not sure whether chiropractic care is a viable solution for you. Dr. Holly offers FREE 15-minute phone consultations to interested patients. Simply fill out the form on this page and one of our staff will be in touch to schedule your conversation with the doc!
We have helped lots of patients get off of their medications and would love to help you as well. However, Dr. Holly advises that you not stop taking your meds until she gives you the thumbs up, or until told to do so by your primary care physician. Either way, we believe that comprehensive care from a holistic doctor in Charlotte NC – such as chiropractor Dr. Holly Clemens – could be the solution you’ve been searching for! Why not give us a call and find out?