There is no singular reason for cardiovascular disease; it is caused by a number of or a combination of different reasons. Arteries and blood vessels become blocked with plaque due to high cholesterol and can narrow, causing it harder for blood to pass through to your heart, brain, and other organs. Blood carries life-giving oxygen throughout our bodies, and when it can’t reach its destinations, tissue begins to die around the vital organs. This is what leads to strokes, chest pain and heart attacks. The good news is that by medication and proper diet, these conditions can be made better.
Although everyone will be different, the following are some signs and symptoms to be aware of. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is best not to wait and to call 911.
Common Signs and Symptoms
- Pain or numbness in arms or legs
- Extreme fatigue
- Stomach pain, jaw pain, pain in left arm or shoulder
- Extreme dizziness
- Difficulty breathing during regular activities
- Labored breathing while resting
- Chest pain and or heart palpitations
Did you know that approximately 30% of people that die from heart disease on an annual basis were smokers?
In the U.S, approximately 610,000 people die from heart disease annually
On average, about every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. will die from a heart-disease related event which could have been prevented through proper screening and medication