There are certain known risk factors which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in an individual. If an individual is at moderate or high risk for cardiovascular disease based on these risk factors or having symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive fatigue, palpitation, syncope early evaluation can lead to diagnosis of cardiovascular disease before it causes irreversible damage and disability. Based on your individual risk factors, to find out if you are at increased risk of having heart attack, go to: “Who is at Risk for a Heart Attack?”
The fundamental conditioning factor in all heart diseases is the diet, which should be lacto-vegetarian, and low on sodium and calories. It should consist of high quality, natural organic foods, with emphasis on wholegrains, seeds, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Foods which should be eliminated from the diet include white flour products, sweets, chocolates, canned foods in syrup, soft drinks, squashes, tea, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco, and all solid fats of animal origin such as butter, cream, and fatty meats. Salt and sugar should be reduced substantially.
Call 911 immediately if:
You or someone else loses consciousness (even if they regain it).
You have chest pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, lightheadedness or dizziness.
In an emergency situation your heart rhythm will be closely monitored and arrhythmia treatment instigated immediately if necessary.
Call a doctor immediately if:
You feel frequent extra heartbeats - that is, more than 6 extra heartbeats a minute, or if they come in groups of 3 or more.
You develop a new or different type of palpitation.
Your pulse increases to more than 100 beats a minute, at rest, without fear or anxiety.
You have risk factors for heart disease , such as high blood pressure or cholesterol.