Be Proactive Against Heart Disease

Dr. Kelly Alberda and Dr. Paul Keinarth of the Margolin, Keinarth & Alberda family health center offer family medicine services in Austin, TX, to keep you in the best of health. They can help you be proactive against heart disease, as well as offer diagnoses and treatments.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a broad term that is used to describe several conditions that affect the health of your heart. Some of the most common types of heart disease include clogged vessels, structural problems, and blood clots.

Some of these issues are more apparent than others, so you may not know that you have heart disease. These are some of the symptoms of heart disease:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Fluttering in your chest
  • Heartbeat irregularities 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness

If you suspect that you have heart disease, visit your family medicine providers in Austin, TX, immediately, so they can evaluate your condition.

What can I do to prevent heart disease?

To avoid heart disease, you must understand the risk factors, which include:

  • Physical Inactivity
  • Gender
  • Genetics 
  • Age
  • Stress levels
  • High Blood Pressure 
  • High Blood Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Certain illnesses increase your risk of heart disease, which means you have to be more diligent with your annual checkups and screenings. This is also the case if you have a genetic predisposition for heart disease. If you have unhealthy habits like overeating or smoking, behavioral adjustments can help lower your risk. Living a healthy and active lifestyle and avoiding stress can help keep your heart strong.

Keeping your heart healthy

To learn more about the prevention of heart disease, reach out to your doctors. At the Margolin, Keinarth & Alberda family health center, Dr. Alberda and Dr. Keinarth offer family medicine services to the Austin, TX, area. Call us at (512) 459-9889 to schedule your appointment today.

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