How to Diagnose Heart Disease and Lower the Risks

Diagnosing heart disease is much easier now than it was just a few decades ago. Fortunately, this means that many people are living longer and learning to battle heart disease before it has a chance to take their lives. The tests that you might undergo for diagnosing the heart disease depend upon your risks, symptoms and any history of heart problems for you and those in your immediate family. Expect your doctor to begin diagnosing it by taking a thorough medical history, paying attention to your symptoms and running tests. The result of these tests can determine whether further tests are needed.

How to Diagnose Heart Disease

To begin diagnosing heart disease, it is important to start with a visit to the doctor. Only medical tests can help determine what your true risk is.

1.    Visit a Doctor

When you do go to see a doctor, expect to have many questions and tests run during that time. Your doctor will begin with detailed questions.

2.    Do Some Tests

Diagnosing heart disease also includes going through several tests to make sure all is working as it should be. These tests might include:

Besides the listed test, other tests might be performed for diagnosing heart disease as well, such as a cardiac MRI.

 

How to Reduce Your Risks of Heart Disease

When it comes to heart disease, one of the best ways to solve the problem is to prevent it in the first place. Start right now with these tips that can help you live a longer, healthier life.

1.    Stop Smoking

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your heart. It increases your chances of a heart attack or other problems by over 50 percent. Stop right now, and avoid secondhand smoke too.

2.    Lower Your Cholesterol Levels

High cholesterol can lead to serious problems down the road, so work now to bring those levels down. The best way to do this is with diet and exercise, and if that doesn’t work, medication might be in order.

3.    Monitor High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is one of the biggest indications that you might develop heart disease. Make sure to learn how to monitor your blood pressure and talk to your doctor about ways to keep it in check.

4.    Do Physical Exercise

The more you move around, the better your chances are of avoiding heart disease. Even easy exercising, like walking or gardening, helps reduce your risk. The more active you are, the more likely you will live longer.

5.    Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet

Look to a diet that is filled with fruits, veggies, whole grains and all the proper nutrients. Try to keep your diet low in fat and cholesterol, and if you are diabetic, talk to your doctor about eating fewer carbohydrates.

6.    Keep a Healthy Weight

Excess weight can put a strain on your entire body, including your heart. The more you weigh, the tougher it is for your heart to pump blood through your body. Work on that with good diet and exercise.

7.    Control Your Moods

Stress can be a serious issue when it comes to heart disease. Do what you need to do to control your anger, alleviate depression and otherwise reduce stress in your life.

8.    Watch Out for Diabetes

Diabetes can lead to serious problems throughout your body, including heart disease and the negative things that come along with it. If you have diabetes, speak to your doctor about proper care and help in avoiding the complications of heart disease.

Natural treatments can help a great deal. In the following video, a doctor discusses possible natural treatments that can help you lower your risk of heart disease:

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