Cardiovascular Disease

Clients with cardiovascular disease must be vigilant in monitoring and managing their diets. EatWellGuru nutritionist, Dr. Maryam Dadkhah, is happy to serve Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Metro area clients who have, or are at risk of, cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular Disease Q & A

by Maryam Dadkhah, Ph.D., RDN, CPT

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is an umbrella term used to describe a number of conditions affecting the heart or cardiovascular system. In general, cardiovascular disease refers to any condition that narrows or blocks the blood vessels and leads to increased incidence of heart attack, chest pain, or stroke. Cardiovascular disease can be prevented by eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, controlling blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and leading a healthy lifestyle.

What causes Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease is generally caused by a combination of risk factors including poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle, and smoking. In some cases, people may be born with conditions making them more susceptible to developing cardiovascular disease.

Many disorders within the category of cardiovascular disease are related to a condition called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a process that occurs when plaque starts to collect in the walls of the arteries, causing them to narrow and thicken over time. Plaque development around the heart causes coronary artery disease. In the legs, this condition is called peripheral arterial disease. If the plaque ruptures in the arterial walls, it can result in a heart attack or stroke.

Is there a cure for Cardiovascular Disease?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for heart disease. Once such a condition develops, you will have to monitor and manage it for the duration of your lifetime. However, the symptoms and progression of the disease may be improved by making lifestyle changes, such as consuming a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, quitting smoking, and limiting your consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Depending on the cardiovascular condition you have, you may require medication, certain medical procedures, or surgery to treat the disease.

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