Does Heart Disease Prevention Work?

We’ve all heard the disturbing statistics. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in this country. And though technology and cutting edge treatments have made a huge difference in the last few decades, there is one form of treatment we should all be trying- prevention. Dr. Pamela Morris, “Recently it's been shown that almost 80% of americans are candidates for at least one prevention activity, meaning that there are a variety of risks factors for cardiovascular disease” Some risk factors we can’t control such as age and family history. Others we can - smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and stress. The MUSC Heart and Vascular Center has established the Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program. It is dedicated to improving cardiovascular health by offering one-stop access to a full range of preventive cardiology services including weight management, exercise prescription, diabetes management and vascular services, early detection and diagnostic imaging and nutrition counseling. "The first place to begin is to begin with a good comp. cardiovascular physical exam and also to determine what are your risk factors, what is your family history, what previous events have you had, what previous testing have you had. we'd also like to sit down with the dietitian and review their dietary habits.” Amy Mendez, "What you eat day in and day out helps determine how much of the good cholesterol or bad chol. your body makes, as well as how your body regulates blood pressure and blood sugar levels. so its absolutely essential that nutrition be part of this so we can help each client eating right things for their types of risk factors. You’re never too young, or too old to start. But can it really make a difference in your future heart health ? “Recent research has looked at what contribution does prevention make in reduction of death rates due to heart attack and stroke. 21:04:01 interestingly, the primary contribution to reduction in death rate from heart attack and stroke has actually come from preventive strategies, medications that can reduce complications of heart attack and stroke, as well as reduce complications from heart failure and also treatment strategies that prevent first heart attack.”