Health & Wellness from Carol

Cardiovascular disease

Proverbs 4:23
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.“

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in men, more than Diabetes and Cancer together. Cardiovascular disease is any disease that affects the heart and blood vessels (heart attack, stroke, hypertension, heart failure, hardening of the arteries, atrial fibrillation).

Risk Factors:

  • 45 or older
  • Family history of heart disease or high blood pressure
  • African- American descent
  • Little or no exercise
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Being overweight (men with waist >40 inches)
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Drinking a lot of coffee
  • Taking meds with caffeine ingredients like excedrin
  • Taking meds for ADHD like ritalin or adderall
  • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Taking decongestants with pseudoephedrine (antihistamines you have to get by signing at pharmacy counter)

If you have 1 of the risk factors above, you are at risk for cardiovascular disease. If you have 2 of the risk factors your chances are increased 4 times, and 3 risk factors increase your chances of having cardiovascular disease by 10 times.