Heart Disease: Can We Prevent Them?

Heart Disease

The medicine should primarily be preventive: treating a disease is increasingly difficult to implement an effective prevention program. Unfortunately, preventive medicine is a matter of culture: we usually turn to the doctor only when “you’re wrong.” No coincidence that sports medicine, perhaps the specialization “prince” for prevention, is known only to the obligation to submit to visit to obtain a certificate of competency and not as a time period of the assessment which the physician can intervene in a healthy person to correct any situations of risk (bad eating habits, excess weight, attitudes scoliotic, flat feet, etc..).

The above is valid for all ages: acute cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease, stroke, stroke …) may be favoured by bad living habits (overeating and / or misconduct, lack of exercise) and / or chronic disease (diabetes, thyroid disease, high blood pressure …). We should not forget the “sudden death from sports,” the tragic situation that affects young athletes with no apparent cause and which is often caused by heart disease is not identified: In some medical checks carried out might well help to prevent this “discovering” the diseases do not symptomatic.

HEART: HOW TO PREVENT with physical activity

In our days now all “… do …”: sports gyms, swimming pools, sports facilities of all kinds sell their product, advertising the newest and most fun activities (rowing, spinning, Aeroboxe …) forgetting But almost there are always people who are sedentary, perhaps overweight, who have never practiced any sport. To these are added “Sports on Sunday, or Saturday,” Everyone who once a week, vying for their share of football or tennis, committing to death for not losing without any physical training base. In winter, there is then the “people of the skiers’ departing for their” white week “, during which the snow flying hours and hours every day, coming home at best, destroyed from the point of view physical and sometimes, unfortunately, often severe post-traumatic incidents.

Even women have heart problems. Stroke, brain haemorrhage or stroke are the cause of death for 53% of the female population. Yet there is little concern of prevention, often a wife thinks her husband infarction, stroke a daughter of the mother. And so it happens that women do not follow recommendations for preventing vascular damage and not adopt a healthy lifestyle. Compounding the situation, according to experts of the Higher Institute of Health, is a distorted perception of cardiovascular risks. It was always assumed, wrongly, that women had the same symptoms, because in fact bear more pain, usually come later in hospital and are also subject to a lower degree diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Cardiovascular disease: a problem for him and for her. If you look at the data without distinction of gender, we realize that the problem affects everyone, men and women. Just think that, according to ISTAT, more than 40% of deaths are in fact due to cardiovascular disease, leading cause of death and disability. In our country every year about 170,000 people aged between 35 and 64 are affected by stroke and of these 47,000 do not survive. It must be said that in recent years medical research has achieved important results on the face of care: for example in the last 30 years the hospital mortality for acute myocardial infarction decreased from 25-30% of the sixties, back when there were no coronary care unit, to 3-4% today.

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