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Who Is at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

People at greatest risk for metabolic syndrome have high abdominal obesity, an inactive lifestyle, and insulin resistance. Some racial and ethnic groups in the United States are at higher risk for metabolic syndrome than others.

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Peripheral Artery Disease - Causes

foot care  PAD  peripheral artery disease  Ankle-brachial index  Peripheral vascular disease  Critical limb ischemia  Acute limb ischemia  Claudication  Leg amputation  Gangrene  Leg pain with exercise 

Atherosclerosis is the main cause of PAD. Plaque buildup in the arteries is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up on the inner lining of arteries. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, fibrous tissue, and calcium. In PAD, plaque may reduce or fully block the flow of oxygen-rich blood through arteries to the body’s vital organs and the limbs.

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How Can Peripheral Artery Disease Be Prevented?

Controlling certain risk factors by staying physically active, following a heart-healthy eating plan, quitting smoking, and losing weight if you’re overweight or obese can help prevent or delay peripheral artery disease and its complications. By following these recommendations, you can also prevent and control other conditions associated with peripheral artery disease, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and stroke.

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What Causes Mitral Valve Prolapse?

The exact cause of mitral valve prolapse is not known; however, most people are born with the condition. Mitral valve prolapse tends to run in families and is more common in people who are born with connective tissue disorders, such as Marfan syndrome.

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How Can Heart Valve Disease Be Prevented?

To prevent heart valve disease caused by rheumatic fever, see your doctor if you have signs of a strep infection. Heart-healthy eating, physical activity, other heart-healthy lifestyle changes, and medicines aimed at preventing a heart attack, high blood pressure, or heart failure also may help prevent heart valve disease.

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Otros cambios en el estilo de vida que son saludables para el corazón

La actividad física es parte de un estilo de vida saludable para el corazón.

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Cómo vivir con presión arterial alta

Si usted tiene presión arterial alta, lo mejor que puede hacer es hablar con su proveedor de atención médica y tomar medidas para controlarla haciendo cambios saludables en su estilo de vida y tomando sus medicamentos, si se los han recetado.

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How Is a Stroke Diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose a stroke by reviewing your signs and symptoms, medical history, physical exam, and results from one or more tests: brain computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT or magnetic resonance arteriogram, carotid ultrasound, carotid angiography, electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiography, and blood tests.

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¿Quiénes corren el riesgo de sufrir un ataque cardíaco?

Ciertos factores de riesgo hacen que sea más probable que usted sufra de enfermedad coronaria y tenga un ataque cardíaco. Los factores de riesgo que usted puede controlar incluyen fumar, presión arterial alta, concentraciones altas de colesterol en la sangre, sobrepeso y obesidad, una alimentación poco saludable, falta de actividad física y altas concentraciones de azúcar en la sangre debido a la resistencia a la insulina o diabetes. Los factores de riesgo que usted no puede controlar son la edad, los antecedentes familiares de enfermedad coronaria de aparición temprana y la preeclampsia.

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Riesgos de la actividad física

En general, los beneficios de la actividad física que se practica con regularidad superan los riesgos. En raras ocasiones se presentan problemas del corazón, como por ejemplo, arritmias, paro cardíaco súbito y ataque cardíaco. Estos problemas ocurren generalmente en personas que ya tienen enfermedades del corazón, como enfermedad coronaria y enfermedad congénita del corazón. Debe preguntarle siempre a su médico qué tipo y qué cantidad de actividad física puede realizar sin peligro.

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