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Aging is a common cause of cardiovascular disease. Thankfully, there are lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your risk or developing a cardiovascular disease. Consider four causes of cardiovascular disease and how you can improve your health:

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure occurs when your blood is pushing on the walls of your arteries too hard. Over time, your heart is forced to work harder and plaque will accumulate in your arteries. Symptoms of severe high blood pressure include difficulty breathing, headaches, impaired vision, irregular heartbeats, and heart palpitations.

Poor Diet

Your body functions on the food that you give it. If you’re constantly eating a diet full of fried or sugary foods, your body will respond accordingly. A poor diet will lead to bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. These elements contribute to the onset of cardiovascular disease.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Jobs that require an excess amount of sitting has increased to 83% since 1950, according to the American Heart Association. When your body is inactive for long periods of time, it does not get the exercise it needs to function properly! Resting and sleeping a full night sleep is important. But during the day, do your best to stretch, walk, and move your body as often as possible.


Smoking tobacco products is very harmful to your heart health. Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, makes your heart work harder by producing an excess amount of adrenaline, and causes your blood to clot faster/easier. The effects of smoking are directly linked to developing a cardiovascular disease.

If you have any concerns or questions about developing a cardiovascular disease, call us right away: 478-207-5224. Our team of experts will gladly help you navigate this health concern and talk to you about treatment options if you are diagnosed with a disease.