Cardiovascular disease is a disease that affects the heart and all of its functions. It affects the supply of blood to the rest of the body, as well as the muscles within the heart itself. By watching the video it explained that it causes one half of the deaths in the United States in some way shape or form today. Some of the causes of cardiovascular disease but the most prevalent are things that people cannot change. Age is a factor because it can cause the heart to work harder at simpler tasks, as well as the likelihood of bad cholesterol building in a body. Men are more likely to have cardiovascular disease, as well as family history. While some symptoms are hard to pinpoint, there are some symptoms to adhere to. Shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling in the ankles, abdominal pain, or other body parts collecting fluid are symptoms that should be told to a primary care physician to check and see if it is due to cardiovascular disease or another under lying issue. If someone has cardiovascular disease, there are different medications that an individual can take to manage the disease. Aspirin is one of the most common medications prescribed to women and men. Aspirin helps reduce the risk of strokes in women as well as helping to reduce the risk of heart attacks in men. Statins help reduce the bad cholesterol in a body as well as beta blockers that control blood pressure. Prevention measures that can be taken are not smoking, regular exercise, and healthy diet. Smoking weakens the blood vessels and if someone has family history of cardiovascular disease, it can be detrimental to a person. Regular exercise and healthy eating help with blood pressure and cholesterol, and a tying all in together, can help prevent and or manage cardiovascular disease.
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