What is Preventive Cardiology and its Realm of Importance
To understand the importance of regular checkups let us say for e.g. that you have just bought a brand new vehicle. In the initial first year, there are periodical services that the company offers to ensure that your vehicle has a smooth and glitch-free run. Also as a matter of fact, we make sure that the vehicle gets the services on time.
Just for a moment now, think about your body. Nowadays, we live under a stressful environment and are working day in day out to make our ends meet. Our daily activities certainly take a tool on us. To keep up with the physical and mental energy demanded, we should take initiatives that prevent any condition that may result to a fatal disease.
Patients who have been previously diagnosed with heart disorders or who are suffering from diseases like Diabetes, Obesity, Blood Pressure, or High cholesterol should regularly get a Cardiac Health check up done. People who have a strong family history of cardiac problems may have chances of inheriting the conditions, if not compulsorily. However it is always good to know about the health of your body.
What is Preventive Cardiology?
Preventive cardiology aims at reducing the risk of heart-attacks and stroke, preventing the recurrence of symptoms of heart disease, reducing the incidence of plaque deposition and of blockages, and thus the requirement of surgical intervention. There are three level of prevention:
- Primary prevention is for pregnant woman, infants, young children and adults who do not have heart ailments. They have to focus on balanced heart healthy diet, daily physical activity and positive mind management to prevent heart problems.
- Secondary level of Preventive Cardiology is for all individuals who have risk factors for heart diseases such as genetic history, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and excessive stress. Annual check-ups are very important for people who fall under these risk-factor categories, so that heart ailements are diagnosed and treated early on, thus preventing heart attacks.
- Tertiary level of Preventive Cardiology includes a whole gamut of non-invasive cardiac treatments that focus on cardiac rehabilitation. It is aimed at treating people who already suffer from cardiac disease or people at high risk of cardiac disease with appropriate non-surgical intervention that may include diet counseling, tailored exercise programs, meditation, yoga and even non-invasive cardiac treatments like ECP/ EECP treatments.