In memory of our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson, the topic of heart disease is an appropriate battle to write about today. On January 22, 1973 Lyndon B. Johnson suffered a severe and fatal heart attack. His death brought the issue of heart disease to the forefront due to widespread news coverage. The seriousness of this disease cannot be expressed through words. It’s victims range from young and athletic to the very old and crippled. It doesn’t strike one gender, race, or age. Old and young alike have suffered with heart disease through the centuries. In an attempt to help others before heart disease strikes; following are things you can do and places you can turn to help manage this deadly disease.
You have all heard of the wonderful city of New York. New York is known for great food, an exciting nightlife, and some of the best medical centers in the world. In fact, many patients from other countries find themselves seeking medical treatment at NYU. New York University Langone Medical Center is recognized as the leader in cardiovascular care not only in New York City, but in the world (http://cvi.med.nyu.edu/).
Knowing that experts in the field of cardiology are right around the corner can put ones mind at ease. Unfortunately, this disease has been termed the silent killer. Essentially, you can have high blood pressure for years without even realizing it. Once discovered you must come to terms with the fact that you have heart issues, even if you feel completely fine. People carry a lot of misconceptions about high blood pressure. Oftentimes it is thought to be a problem affecting those that have Type A personalities, or are nervous and hyperactive by nature. When in fact many times calm, easy going people suffer with this disease as often. It can stem from another illness, such as kidney disease, and can affect other organs if left untreated.
The good news is high blood pressure is manageable (American Heart Association, June 6, 2012). Although there is no cure, there are steps you can take to keep high blood pressure under control. Following are a few suggestions that may prevent a fatal situation like our former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson had to suffer through. Reducing salt from your diet can lower your blood pressure, limiting alcohol, staying active, and eating a healthy diet can all aid in reducing blood pressure numbers. If these everyday remedies don’t do the trick a doctor may prescribe a prescription medication until your blood pressure reading returns to normal.