If you’re reading this, you probably know that Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the number-one killer of both men and women in the United States, afflicting 400,000 Americans each year.
The killer part of that sentence is that it’s largely preventable. We know that lifestyle– as well as genetics– has a major effect on heart health. But there are a number of ways we can prevent this condition in you and your loved ones.
Coronary artery disease– also called hardening of the arteries, or Atherosclerosis- happens when plaque, a waxy substance, builds up and blocks the blood vessels. If blood is prevented from reaching the heart, the heart muscle begins to die. This leads to heart failure.
So how do we prevent this from happening? Dr. Diego will first ask about your family history. If you’ve had relatives with CAD, your risk is greater.