Cholesterol and Heart Health

By February 18, 2018Health Basics

The heart gets a lot of attention in February, and Five Star ER wants to make sure the health of your heart gets the attention it deserves.

Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. Heart disease encompasses many different diseases, from congenital heart defects to arrhythmia. The most common type of heart disease in America is cardiovascular disease, which has to do with the blocking or narrowing of your blood vessels. This can lead to hart attack, chest pain (angina), or stroke.

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to build cells, but can be bad if there is too much. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body needs and the rest comes from your diet, in foods such as meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. There are two types of cholesterol — the “good kind” (HDL) and the “bad kind” (LDL). Too much LDL or too little HDL can cause damage such as clogged arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis. This can lead to stroke or heart attack.

High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of the blood pushing against your blood vessels is too high. High blood pressure causes your heart to work harder and less efficiently, which can result in loss of vision, sexual dysfunction, stroke and heart attack or failure. New standards for high blood pressure were released in 2017, which put a majority of Americans at risk for high blood pressure.

Heart Emergencies
Heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure can all lead to serious emergency medical conditions, like heart attack or stroke. Symptoms of heart attack can include chest pain, dizziness, nausea, back/jaw pain, or tingling in arms. Stroke symptoms can include face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately! In a heart emergency, minutes can make a matter of difference. Stroke and heart attack need immediate emergency medical treatment, like that found at Five Star ER.

Heart Health
The best way to take care of your heart is to take care of your health. Eating healthy, exercising and managing stress can all lower your chance for heart disease. Yoga and meditation are popular ways to lower your stress levels, and can be particularly effective in the morning when your chances for heart attack are highest. Eating foods like vegetables, multi-grain products like bran and oats, and fatty fishes can increase your HDL and lower your LDL cholesterol. Getting enough aerobic activity every week can also reduce your risk of heart disease. 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, like walking briskly or mowing the lawn, is the recommendation.

If you think you’re having a serious heart problem, seek medical help right away! Five Star ER has all the services you’d expect at a traditional ER without the wait. If you’re having a heart attack a few minutes can make a huge difference! All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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