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The right heart attack prevention center can help you catch risk factors before they have the chance to become problematic. Heart attacks and strokes can be nothing short of life-threatening. Getting to a heart attack prevention center is one of the most important steps you can take to keep yourself in optimum health.

At The Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we are proud to offer integrative heart attack prevention to patients in Worthington and the surrounding area. Our experienced team offers both a cardiologist and a dentist to ensure your complete health.

Call us today at 614-360-9386 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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Understanding Heart Attack Prevention

There are three different types of heart attack prevention, secondary, primary, and primordial. Secondary prevention refers to the efforts taken after someone has already had a stroke, will undergo angioplasty or bypass surgery, or has developed another form of heart disease. Primary prevention is for individuals who have never had a heart attack or stroke, need angioplasty or surgery, or are developing another type of heart disease. Primordial prevention is directed towards managing conditions that have existed from the beginning. While all three types are made up of similar components, they address different needs and have different effects.

Secondary prevention consists primarily of medication management and lifestyle changes, such as taking aspirin and quitting smoking. Primary prevention involves controlling a patient’s existing risk factors, like high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Primordial prevention aims to prevent atherosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, and inflammation. This, in turn, can help prevent the formation of risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excessive weight, and cardiovascular problems. We determine the appropriate method for each of our patients using an integrative approach.

Heart Attack Prevention and Pre-Existing Conditions

According to the CDC, many pre-existing medical conditions can increase your chances of having a heart attack. Some of the most common are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Treating these conditions is one of the essential ways for patients to reduce their heart disease risks.

All patients should get their cholesterol tested at least once every four to six years, more frequently if they have already been diagnosed with high cholesterol. Blood pressure should be checked at least once every two years, even for patients who have never had high blood pressure. Patients with hypertension should speak to a doctor about managing their condition. Furthermore, patients with diabetes should be diligent in monitoring their blood sugar levels. A primary care physician can further discuss treatment options.

No matter what conditions a patient may or may not have, it is vital to take any prescribed medications as directed by their physicians. It may be dangerous to stop taking a medication without first consulting a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Patients should also not be afraid to ask any questions they may have about their prescribed medications.

Heart Attack Prevention and Oral Health

Part of taking care of one’s overall health involves taking care of dental health. Multiple studies have suggested a link between poor oral health and higher rates of cardiovascular events. This connection is not yet completely understood, though there is a wide array of theories. One is that gingivitis-causing bacteria travels through the blood vessels and cause damage and inflammation in the body. Another is that inflammation itself is the cause of vascular damage throughout the body. There is still much to learn about the direct connection between gum disease and cardiovascular disease.

A recent study suggests there may actually be a third factor (like smoking) that can act as an agitator for gum disease and cardiovascular disease. Though researchers did find a moderate correlation between tooth loss and coronary heart disease, this association largely disappeared after considering respondents’ smoking status. In any case, further studies are needed to clarify the relationship between oral health and cardiovascular health. Luckily, our experienced husband and wife team consists of both a dentist and a cardiologist to address any possible concerns.

Heart Attack Prevention and Lifestyle Choices

By now, it should be clear to see that some lifestyle changes may be necessary to reduce a patient’s risk of heart attack and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, some of the most critical lifestyle choices one can make involve:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Being physically active regularly
  • Aiming for a healthy weight (if the patient is not already at one)
  • Reducing stress
  • Limiting alcohol

The effects of smoking on cardiovascular health have been well-documented. When inhaled, cigarette smoke can interfere with delivering oxygen-rich blood to the heart and the rest of the body. Furthermore, any distributed blood is contaminated with the over 7,000 chemicals present in the inhaled smoke. It can take up to four years after quitting smoking for a patient’s risk of stroke to drop to that of lifetime nonsmokers — so when it comes to quitting, the sooner, the better.

Ideally, good nutrition goes hand in hand with many other lifestyle choices a patient makes for their heart health. By choosing a healthy diet, patients may be able to control their cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes while maintaining a healthy weight. This is especially true when paired with regular physical activity and limited alcohol intake.

Call Us Today

Getting yourself to a heart attack prevention center can be an urgent matter, even if you do not realize it. We at The Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio may be able to help. Call us today at 614-360-9386 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are certain groups of people more at risk for heart disease than others?

Yes. Male patients, female patients past menopause, and older patients of both sexes tend to be at higher risk of heart disease. The same is true of those with a family history of heart attack or heart disease.

Can lifestyle changes really reduce my chances of a heart attack?

Yes. Switching over to a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and reducing stress can slow any damage to the heart, even if your arteries are already clogged. With the right lifestyle changes, you may be able to stop or reverse the narrowing of arteries.

Are there any warning signs of heart disease?

Some of the early symptoms of heart disease are chest pain, tightness, dizziness, fast or irregular heartbeat, or discomfort. Shortness of breath may even be a symptom of a heart attack. If you are experiencing any unusual restriction in your activity, see a professional immediately.

Do all heart attacks have the same symptoms?

No. Different people can experience heart attacks differently. However, most heart attacks build up slowly over a few minutes. Women and patients with diabetes, in particular, may have only a few “traditional” symptoms of a heart attack.

I do not think I am at risk for a heart attack. Should I still talk to a professional?

Yes. Part of heart attack prevention is being proactive about your health. Our qualified team will thoroughly evaluate your condition using an integrative method bridging medical and dental care. This allows us to create the best treatment plan for your individual needs and risk factors.

Contact Us

The Heart Attack Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio is located at
350 West Wilson Bridge Road Suite 320-A
Worthington, OH

(614) 360-9386