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By RIOS HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATES, PLLC
July 07, 2021
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Disease  

In the US, heart disease is a leading cause of death in males and females according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's why it's important to take control of your health and act on the risk factors tors of heart disease that you can control.

Your doctors at Rios Healthcare Associates, Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal, will share with you ways to be proactive against heart disease in Houston, TX.

Avoid Tobacco

Cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, all increase your risk of heart disease. If you want to preserve your heart health, it's time to quit smoking. If you're having trouble quitting, discuss it with your doctor and they'll help you develop a strategy. Second-hand smoke can be just as dangerous too, so, keep that in mind.

Monitor Your Cholesterol Levels

Higher blood levels of cholesterol could clog your arteries and stress your heart. During your routine visits, your Houston, TX, doctors can monitor your blood cholesterol levels and manage high levels with medication. You might want to make dietary and lifestyle changes to manage your cholesterol levels.

Stay at a Healthy Weight

Obesity and being overweight could increase your risk of heart disease. Excess fat around your midsection could strain your heart and increase your diabetes risk. Consider losing 5-10% of your current weight for a starter if you're overweight or obese.

Get Active

Get up and get moving. Physical activity has many benefits for your heart and overall health.

Exercise could help you lose weight and improve your circulation. You could start small because a short 30-minute walk daily could make a difference.

Eat Healthily

Foods high in sodium content aren't so great for your heart. You might want to cut out processed foods containing high amounts of added sugars. Whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, and fruits are great alternatives.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Consider limiting your alcohol intake to protect your heart. A drink or two a day at most is best.

What healthy habits are you adopting today for your heart's health?

Call (832) 323-9230 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rios and Dr. Neal of Rios Healthcare Associates to discuss your heart health in Houston, TX.

By Rios Healthcare Associates, PLLC
August 29, 2019
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Attack  

"About every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack," according to the American Heart Association. Our heart, which is basically a muscle, needs oxygen to survive and if oxygen is cut off to the heart muscle, you'll suffer from a heart attack.

Your Houston, TX, physician can tell you more about heart attacks and when you're at risk.

Fat, cholesterol and other substances buildup against the wall of arteries called in what's called plaque. When coronary arteries that directly supply the heart muscle with blood flow narrow from buildup, this slow process is called atherosclerosis.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, squeezing, or an aching sensation in your chest or arms.
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

More About Heart Attacks

  • You need to call for emergency medical help if you think you're having a heart attack. Call 911 if you don't have access to emergency medical services.
  • Take nitroglycerin when prescribed by your Houston doctor.
  • You need to take an aspirin, if recommended because aspirins reduce heart attacks by preventing blood from clotting.

What are some risk factors?

  • Age: Men 45 years or older and women age 55 years or older.
  • Tobacco: Smoking and/or long-term exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure damages arteries.
  • Obesity: This is associated with high blood cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Losing weight can lower this risk.
  • Family history of heart attack: If siblings, parents or grandparents have had heart attacks, you might be at increased risk.
  • Stress: Take time to relax because stress is a silent killer.

If you would like to ask more questions about the condition of your heart and if you're at risk for a heart attack, then contact your Houston, TX, doctor today!