The best way to fight heart disease is to be aware of your risk factors and receive preventative screenings. Especially if you have a family history of heart disease, you may want to consult with a cardiologist to determine your risk.
It is needed to keep fluids balanced in your body and to aid your nerves and muscles. However, sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, swelling, and over retention of water that can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease.
Basic cardiac tests require little preparation. It is recommended that you wear comfortable, two-piece clothing, and bring or wear walking shoes. You will be asked to change into a gown for most tests.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that your body needs to function properly. Your body produces all of the cholesterol it needs. When your diet contains large amounts of saturated fat, your blood cholesterol level is raised. Too much cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries, restricting blood flow.