WMH Cardiology

Heart Health Services in Wyandot County

Everyone in the United States should know their risks for heart disease – the country’s number one killer. Learning how dangerous and prevalent heart disease is can be intimidating, but an important thing to remember is that a big reason this disease is so dangerous is that people are ignorant of the warning signs. Heart disease rarely has any noticeable symptoms, and people often do not realize they have it until they suffer a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke. However, heart disease is also very treatable, and if you know your risk factors then you can take many steps to prevent it and undo some of the damage. The skilled cardiologists at Wyandot Memorial Hospital can help.

What You Should Know About Heart Disease

Heart disease is actually an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of diseases that affect the heart and vascular system. Most forms of heart disease are caused by a condition known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of plaque in the arteries that make it difficult for blood to flow to and from the heart. This plaque is caused by a combination of cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, and other factors.

Atherosclerosis can result in serious events like a heart attack or stroke. These are primarily why heart disease is the largest cause of death in the United States. Though heart disease has no noticeable symptoms, a doctor can perform a risk assessment and check things such as blood pressure and heart rate to determine whether or not you are at risk. Imaging tests can also be used to view artery plaque.

Treating Heart Disease

An artery that has been injured will always be weaker than it was before, but there are many things you can do to clear out artery plaque and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. These changes take commitment. Cleaning out artery plaque without surgery takes time and effort. Work with an experienced cardiologist when trying to create a heart healthy plan.

The following are some things you can do to treat heart disease:

  • Change your diet – Cut back on sugars, red meats, and cholesterol-heavy foods. Start eating more fish, cooking with extra virgin olive oil, and adding more fruits, vegetables, and nuts to your diet.
  • Manage stress – Stress can take its toll on your heart and arteries. If you have difficulty with stress, anxiety, or anger, working on these issues can also help you reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Monitor blood pressure – High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke and other heart problems. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm HG. You can find heart pressure readers in most pharmacies or buy your own kit for home.
  • Walk at least 30 minutes a day – Almost any sort of cardio exercise can be beneficial. The American Heart Association’s recommended minimum amount is 30 minutes of moderate walking per day. This does not have to be done all at once. Breaking it up into smaller segments throughout the day should still have the desired results.

If you have already had a heart attack, stroke, or cardiac surgery, then your cardiologist may refer you to cardiac rehabilitation. In this program, you will work one-on-one with a physical therapist who builds a heart healthy program customized to meet your unique needs.

The skilled cardiologists at Wyandot Memorial Hospital are here to help you get your heart in good shape. Contact us for more information.