Sugar Land, TX News (December 20, 2014) – Think of your heart as your body’s delivery system. It pumps out the good stuff—oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood—to every inch of you via a network of arteries.
But heart disease throws a wrench into things. “The most common form, coronary heart disease, is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in most countries,” said Dr. Toussaint Smith, board-certified cardiologist with Methodist Sugar Land Cardiology Associates.
Coronary artery disease starts with artery damage caused by smoking, high blood pressure or a number of other factors. The damage triggers the buildup of plaque, which narrows the arteries and limits blood flow to the heart. If the heart can’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, it struggles to function properly. Worse yet, plaque can break loose and form a clot, causing a heart attack when blood supply is cut off.
The best way to beat coronary artery disease? Never get it in the first place. You can do that by managing risk factors: Reduce high blood pressure or cholesterol levels, quit smoking, lost weight if overweight or obese, and lead an active lifestyle.
“The combination of living healthier, knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and taking medication if you need to is the formula for prevention,” Dr. Smith said.
Free Heart Health Screenings
Join us on Thursday, February 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center to learn your 10-year risk for heart disease and receive cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. Screenings are by appointment only, followed by an opportunity to speak to our specialists. Registration required. Register online at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281-274-7500.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Toussaint Smith or another cardiologist at Methodist Sugar Land Cardiology Associates, simply go to houstonmethodist.org/online-scheduling or call 281-491-6808.