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What is Cardiovascular Disease?


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If you think you may have symptoms of cardiovascular disease, you should immediately contact your health provider and take a complete medical history and physical exam. There are many test that a Doctor can give to a person to detect heart disease or any of the complications of cardiovascular disease. The choice of which and how many tests to perform depend on a person's symptoms and history of heart problems. There are several tests that one can take, one being invasive (involve the insertion of needles, instruments, or fluid into the body), or non-invasive (just the opposite). Some test may give different results than others, that is why it is recommended to take several. Even though it is difficult to detect the diseases or even feel the symptoms, if a person feels chest and arm discomfort, especially while under stress of during activity, is a classic symptom of heart disease with no reason why, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, or abnormal beats, are also reasons to get a check up.

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Test your knowledge!!

1.) Age is a Non-Modifiable risk factor? True/ False

2.) Someone in their 20's should take one physical exam annually? True/ False

3.) Smoking is not a Risk Factor? True/ False

4.) Coronary heart disease is a form of Cardiovascular disease? True/ False

5.) Heart attack is when the heart looses the ability to pump blood? True/ False

6.) The two types of risk factors of Cardiovascular disease are Non-Modifiable and In-Modifiable? True/ False

7.) Someone in their 30's should take one physical exam every three to four years? True/ False

8.) Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States? True/ False

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Remember!! Goals to prevent CVD, lower risks, and keep healthy.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle

  • Exercise daily (increase aerobic exercise)

  • Quit or minimize smoking

  • Lower and control blood pressure

  • Maintain a good balance diet

  • Lower weight if overweight





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This site was created by Marco Galaz in fulfillment of requirements for the course CSS 335: Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2005.