Cardiovascular Disease Complications

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Poorly controlled cardiovascular disease can affect your quality of life in the short-term and can also lead to serious consequences later down the line.

 

SHORT-TERM COMPLICATIONS

Symptoms such as shortness of breath and dizziness can limit the enjoyment of your day-to-day life. They can also limit your ability to do activities – walking around the shops or playing with your children can become too difficult. A person living with heart disease also live with the stress of knowing that he/she has a long-term illness that could result in a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke. This can affect a person’s mood or mental health.

If you are struggling to cope with your diagnosis, please ask for help. Remember that the best way to avoid outcomes such as these is to commit to following your treatment plan as closely as possible.

 

LONG-TERM COMPLICATIONS

Heart disease remains a leading cause of death for both men and women. If you experience periods of feeling better, do not let this tempt you to skip doses of your medication or stop it altogether. It is important that you adhere to your treatment so that future complications can be avoided. If your disease progresses, it could lead to worsening symptoms or consequences including abnormal heartbeats (arrythmias), heart failure or kidney damage.

Remember that medication is not a replacement for lifestyle modifications. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity are essential to minimize your risk of complications. Speak to your care coach if you need help with implementing lifestyle changes.

 

Written by Dr Ruusa Shivute | Health Window

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