Heart disease isn’t just one disease, rather, it refers to a variety of illnesses that affect the heart. There are many factors that can contribute to the development of heart disease. If you are concerned, the following assessment can help you to better understand your risk for developing heart disease.
Heart disease may be used interchangeably with the term “cardiovascular disease.” It can refer to blocked blood vessels that increase risk for heart attack, angina, or stroke. Conditions that affect your heart’s valves, muscle or rhythm are also considered cardiovascular diseases. In many cases, you can reduce the risk of these heart-related illnesses with changes in lifestyle.
These lifestyle changes may refer to changes in diet, better management of stress levels and/or changes in physical activity. Furthermore, quitting smoking, reducing drug use and lowering use of alcohol may also help diminish your risk of heart disease.
Heart disease often affects men more than it does women. However, after menopause, risk of heart disease increases in women. Improving your health may help stop this risk from increasing.
This assessment may help you realize your risk for heart disease as well as help you realize the potential need for some lifestyle changes. And while this assessment can be helpful in these realizations, only a doctor can make an official diagnosis of heart disease. If you are concerned about your risk of heart disease, seek medical attention. Furthermore, if you believe you are having a heart attack, call an ambulance immediately.