There are several things that increase your risk for cardiovascular infection. Those who have the highest level of risk have damaged or artificial heart valves, congenital birth defects that create leaky heart valves, previous cases of cardiovascular infection, or are intravenous drug users. Damage to the heart caused by rheumatic fever can elevate risk levels, too.
Scott Kaiser, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
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Overland Park, KS 66210
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What increases my risk for cardiovascular infection?
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What is the top killer of both men and women in the United States?
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. In addition, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can take preventive measures to protect your heart health, like eating a heart-healthy diet, maintaining your ideal weight, exercising, not smoking, and having your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides checked at least once a year.
What is the relationship between nutrition and coronary heart disease?
Your diet can play a critical role in reducing your risk of heart disease. One study found that people ages 70 to 90 who ate a heart-friendly diet rich in wholesome carbs and healthy fats (along with increased exercise) had a 65 percent to 73 percent lower rate of death from all chronic disease, including heart disease.
Foods full of unhealthy fats and sugars can cause inflammation and plaque buildup in your arteries, a ripe recipe for a heart attack or stroke. The right diet can help keep your arteries clear and work to cut your risk.
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