In the U.S., more people die from cardiovascular disease than any other cause. Although receiving cardiac care at a nearby hospital as soon as possible can improve your chances of surviving a heart attack, it’s vastly preferable to prevent one from occurring. Consider talking to a physician at your community hospital about ways of supporting your heart health.
Cigarette smoking harms almost every organ. This includes your heart and blood vessels. If you smoke cigarettes, be aware that you’re damaging your heart function, and the function and structure of your blood vessels. When your blood vessels become damaged, you’re at a higher risk of atherosclerosis, which in turn raises your risk of a heart attack . Quitting smoking may lower your risk.
A physician at your community hospital can evaluate your cholesterol levels to determine if they may raise your risk of heart attack. Ideally, your total cholesterol should be less than 180 mg/dL. If your cholesterol levels are less than ideal, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes and medications.
People with diabetes have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, you can manage your condition by monitoring your blood glucose levels carefully, exercising regularly, and following your physician’s dietary advice. You may also need to take diabetes medications.
Experts tend to agree that getting at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on at least five days each week can improve your heart health. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, and it can help you manage your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose is proud to be an accredited Chest Pain Center, which reflects our hospital’s dedication to healthcare excellence in cardiac care. At our hospital, you’ll find a full range of cardiac care services, including cardiac catheterization and cardiac rehabilitation. If you think you could be experiencing a heart attack, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 724-2362.