Causes of Cardiovascular events
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death globally. It is a general term for conditions that affect the heart or blood vessels, such as heart attack, stroke, angina, and heart failure. There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including:
- Underlying health conditions
Some of the primary causes of cardiovascular events include:
- High blood pressure: High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can damage the blood vessels and heart over time, leading to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
- High cholesterol: High levels of cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can restrict blood flow to the heart and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Smoking: Smoking damages the blood vessels, reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, and increases the risk of blood clots, all of which can contribute to cardiovascular disease.
- Diabetes: Diabetes can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by damaging the blood vessels and nerves that control the heart and blood vessels.
- Obesity: Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, as it can increase blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation in the body.
If you are concerned about your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, it’s essential to talk to your healthcare provider. They may recommend lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise or suggest medications to manage your risk factors.
Health2Home offers diagnostic blood tests at home, which can help you monitor your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, providing valuable information to help you manage your cardiovascular health.