CAUSES & PREVENTION:
There are many risk factors that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. Some people are born with conditions that predispose them to heart disease and stroke, but most people who develop cardiovascular disease do so because of a combination of factors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity and smoking, to name just three. The more risk factors you expose yourself to, the higher the chance of developing cardiovascular disease.
To avoid developing cardiovascular disease, follow these four tips:
1. Keep your A (A1C), B (Blood pressure), Cs (Cholesterol) in check.
2. Be physically active and maintain a healthy body weight. Any exercise is good exercise. Try for 30 minutes of moderate exercise, even a brisk walk everyday can show long term health benefits.
3. Eat wisely. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, such as butter, eggs, meat, and whole milk. Eat more foods high in fiber like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads.
4. Do not smoke, and if you do smoke, quit.
At Cardiology Specialists of Acadiana, our doctors and staff take pride in offering the most comprehensive office visit for our patients. Our office is designed to support you through all of your cardiovascular needs. Our Lafayette office is equipped with the diagnostic tools, including an in-house Cardiac PET scanner. Our nuclear medicine and PET testing departments have achieved and maintained accreditation through the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our doctors have the knowledge and over 40 years of combined experience to address your specific condition, answer your questions and acknowledge your concerns.
We have established affiliations with local hospitals in the Acadiana area such as Heart Hospital of Lafayette and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Our office has established these affiliations to ensure that you have the best care.