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Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term used for describing conditions that negatively impact the circulatory system and the heart, including heart attack, stroke, and heart disease.
During an appointment here at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, your physicians, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan, can assess your risk for cardiovascular disease in either our St. Thomas or St. Croix locations, and make suggestions on how you can reduce it.
What are Non-Modifiable and Modifiable Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease?
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease could be divided into two categories: modifiable and non-modifiable. Modifiable risk factors are basically those that you can control or minimize with certain lifestyle adjustments, while non-modifiable risk factors are those that you can’t change.
While having one or several risk factors could increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will develop cardiovascular disease. There is, however, a higher chance that you might. This is why getting an accurate assessment of your risk for the disease is extremely vital.
Modifiable Risks Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
- An unhealthy diet
- Physical inactivity
- Unregulated cholesterol levels: low HDL or elevated LDL
Non-Modifiable Risks Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
- A history of cardiovascular disease in the family
Reducing Your Risk of Developing Cardiovascular Disease
To try and minimize your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, you should eat a healthy diet with lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and healthy oils. You should likewise exercise at least five days per week, limit your intake of alcoholic drinks, and stop smoking right now. It’s also crucial to note that stress could significantly influence plenty of cardiovascular disease risk factors, which include excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and high blood pressure.
Furthermore, a poor work-to-personal-life balance can lead to stress and contributes to an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease. This means that you should prioritize stress management and find effective ways to de-stress. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight and managing health problems like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, with help from your doctor, is immensely vital.
Know Your Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease Now
Schedule an assessment with one of our doctors, Dr. Jeffrey Chase or Dr. Ahmet Sayan here at the Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. Call (340) 714-2845 for our St. Thomas office, or (340) 692-5000 for our St. Croix office.
How a pacemaker from your doctors in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands can save your life
A pacemaker is a small device placed under the skin to regulate your heartbeat, allowing it to save your life in the event of a heart attack. A pacemaker is typically recommended if you have an irregular heartbeat, known as an arrhythmia.
Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan can help if you need a pacemaker. With two convenient office locations in St. Thomas and St. Croix, read on to learn how their pacemakers can benefit you.
More about Pacemakers
There are three types of pacemakers:
- A single chamber pacemaker, which routes electrical impulses to the right ventricle of your heart
- A dual-chamber pacemaker, which routes electrical impulses to the right ventricle and right atrium of your heart; this type of pacemaker helps control the timing of contractions between the heart chambers.
- A bi-ventricular pacemaker, which is recommended for people with heart failure and abnormal electrical systems; the bi-ventricular pacemaker stimulates the lower chambers of the heart to beat more regularly.
Your doctor may recommend a pacemaker to control your heartbeat. The pacemaker may be temporarily implanted because of a heart attack or surgery. The pacemaker may also be implanted permanently to regulate a slow or irregular heartbeat, or to treat heart failure.
Once installed, the pacemaker acts in place of your natural electrical system when your electrical system malfunctions. The pacemaker will work to speed up your heartbeat if your heart is beating too slowly, a condition known as bradycardia. Newer pacemakers can also detect increased body motion or increased breathing rate during exercise, so a signal is sent to speed up the heart rate.
A pacemaker is an important cardiological advancement that can keep your heart beating in the proper rhythm. It can help you lead a normal, productive, active life if your heart is compromised. To learn more about pacemakers and how a pacemaker can help you, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, in St.Thomas at (340) 714-2845 or at their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. Call now!
How your doctors in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands can help with high blood pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when the amount of blood being pumped is abnormally high. High blood pressure is called the silent killer because you may not experience any signs or symptoms until damage has been done to your heart and other organs.
Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists can help with high blood pressure. They have two convenient office locations in Saint Thomas and St. Croix to help you stay healthy.
What Does Having High Blood Pressure Mean?
If your blood pressure reading is high, that indicates your blood isn’t passing smoothly through your arteries. It’s encountering resistance, often in the form of fatty, plaque deposits on your artery walls. These fat deposits partially block your arteries, narrowing the passage the blood travels through.
Dangerous Consequences of High Blood Pressure
According to the Mayo Clinic, untreated high blood pressure can cause damage to:
- Your arteries, including narrowing or an aneurysm
- Your heart, resulting in coronary artery disease (CAD), heart enlargement, or heart failure
- Your brain, increasing chances of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke, or dementia
- Your kidneys, including scarring or kidney failure
- Your eyes, creating retinopathy or nerve damage
You are at higher risk of high blood pressure if you:
- Are overweight or have a sedentary lifestyle
- Have a family history of high blood pressure
- Are using tobacco products or drinking alcohol excessively
- Follow a diet that is high in salt or low in potassium
- Have sleep apnea, diabetes, or kidney disease
Treatment at Your Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists Office
The good news is your Saint Thomas and St. Croix doctor can help. Medications are very effective for getting blood pressure under control. They may recommend a combination of diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and/or calcium channel blockers.
Diet and lifestyle modification is a vital part of controlling blood pressure. Dr. Jeffrey Chase or Dr. Ahmet Sayan may recommend losing weight, restricting salt in your diet, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, controlling stress, and being more active to help with blood pressure management.
High blood pressure is dangerous for your health, so make an appointment with your doctor today to determine if your blood pressure is under control. For more information on treating high blood pressure and other medical topics, call Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845, or their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. Call now!
Your best self stems from a healthy lifestyle—one that includes proper dietary habits and regular exercise. Additionally, you must pay attention to what your body may be telling you. For instance, if you have chest pain, you should contact Dr. Ahmet Sayan, your cardiologist at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, to learn what the cause may be.
Is is a heart attack?
Medical News Today reports that about a million Americans have a heart attack every year. Accordingly, always seek help if you have symptoms of:
- Chest pain that spreads to the jaw, back, and shoulder
- Shortness of breath
- Fast respirations
- Extreme fatigue
- Rapid pulse
- Lightheaded feeling
The American Heart Association advises that anyone experiencing acute chest pain and any number of the above symptoms should call 911 immediately for emergency care by a paramedic and transport to the nearest hospital. Dr. Sayan and his team at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists provide the best in after-hospital care for cardiovascular events and ongoing issues.
Is it something else?
Your body is complex, and chest pain symptoms may not be cardiac in nature. However, whatever the origin, your symptoms should be reported and investigated. Possible causes could be:
- Broken ribs, collapsed lung, or strained rib cage muscles after a fall
- GERD (acid reflux), stomach ulcers or pancreatitis
- Issues involving the lining and function of the esophagus (food pipe)
- Panic attacks
- Hiatal hernia (protrusion of the stomach through the diaphragm)
- Pneumonia and secondary pleurisy (inflammation of the sac around the lungs)
- Angina (pain related to the narrowed blood vessels of cardiovascular disease)
- Myocarditis (inflammation of the cardiac muscle)
Remember that sudden onset chest pain is almost always dangerous and concerning. So, if this happens to you, go to the nearest hospital ER for evaluation.
At Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists...
Expect prompt, kind, care with the latest in diagnostic testing and techniques. Dr. Sayan is our in-house cardiologist, and Dr. Jeffrey Chase is our orthopaedic surgeon. We look after patients of all ages and deliver on-site PT and imaging. Contact one of our two offices for a consultation. For St. Thomas, phone (340) 714-2845, and for St. Croix, dial (340) 692-5000.
"About 1 of 3 U.S. adults—or about 75 million people—have high blood pressure. Only about half (54%) of these people have their high blood pressure under control," says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately for those dealing with this condition, here at Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix, our physicians make it their mission to help those dealing with high blood pressure and hypertension.
Here are some FAQs on the topic:
What is high blood pressure/hypertension?
"Hypertension is the most common, costly, and preventable cardiovascular disease risk factor," according to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
Blood pressure normally fluctuates throughout the day, but the problem is when it doesn't come down. This increases your risk of having a stroke, heart attack, and other problems.
How do you measure your blood pressure?
Patients generally use a blood pressure monitor to accomplish this. When taking a reading, there are two numbers: systolic and diastolic. The systolic number indicates how hard the blood pushes when the heart is pumping, while the diastolic number shows how hard the blood pushes between each heartbeat.
What causes high blood pressure?
When it comes to hypertension, there often isn't a single cause. Instead, there are a number of contributing factors, including being overweight, family history, age, race, not being physically active, using tobacco, consuming too much sodium, and consuming too little potassium in your diet.
How to deal with hypertension?
If your doctor says you have high blood pressure, you need to get it under control. This often requires making a few lifestyle changes, including:
- You need to eat a diet that's healthy for your heart, so eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and limit trans fats.
- Exercise is important, about 30 minutes a day, for everyone, especially if you suffer from obesity.
- Medicine and reducing stress will help manage blood pressure effectively.
If you have any more questions about hypertension, contact one of our office in St. Thomas and St. Croix:
- St. Thomas: (340) 714-2845
- St. Croix: (340) 692-5000