The term heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions, according to the CDC. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects blood flow to the heart. Heart disease can oftentimes be rather silent, as it’s hard to diagnose before symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure or arrhythmia occur.
As heart disease can encompass a wide range of heart problems, risk factors for heart disease also vary. From diabetes, weight, diet, physical activity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and more play a significant role in heart disease.
Having high cholesterol can contribute to clogged arteries, or aerial plaque, while good cholesterol can help remove this kind of plaque. Similarly with high blood pressure, with a lack of treatment, high blood pressure can damage your arteries, heart, kidneys and other organs.
Signs of heart disease can include chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure and chest discomfort (angina), shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness or weakness, pain numbness or coldness in legs or arms if blood vessels in those parts of the body are narrowed, pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back and more.
Despite there being several risk factors associated with heart disease, it’s important to note that there are many ways to improve your chances of avoiding it. Eating healthy, exercising, quitting smoking and more can help individuals prevent heart disease. Regular checkups and controlling any conditions you already have, paying attention to blood pressure, managing diabetes and maintaining your medication regime are also factors in helping prevent heart disease.
Healthcare professionals play a key role in treating heart related disease. Pharmacists can help manage things like hypertension and hyperlipidemia medication therapy and assist patients in taking control of their cardiovascular health. As being one of the most accessible healthcare professionals, pharmacists can ensure patients understand and are confident about their medication regimens. Medication education, guidance on medication interactions, proper dosing instructions and knowledge of side effects can help patients manage heart health.
In addition to recommending and tailoring drug therapy based on their assessments of patients and providing thorough education on heart disease prevention, care and management, Pharmacists can also provide necessities like blood pressure monitors and heart rate monitors for home to keep tabs on your own.
With over 25 years of combined experience, our team includes an Advanced Practice Pharmacist, a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and expert staff members who are all dedicated to helping patients achieve their health goals. With their vast knowledge and experience in working with patients of all ages, we’re here to ensure all of our patients are well taken care of.