About one in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not realize they have it. The only way to detect high blood pressure is to have it measured by a health care professional. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is working with health care providers, medical experts and community partners to improve preventive measures for heart disease, including blood pressure control. Click here to learn more about blood pressure problems in the United States.
Lipids are nutrients that are used for energy, joints and brain function and should be included in a person’s diet. However, most lipids are kinds of fats. High levels can cause hardening of the arteries and/or interfere with blood flow. Lipid tests separate out lipoproteins, a kind of cholesterol, so the level can be measured. An important part of routine, preventive health care, lipid tests can help determine whether dietary changes or medication is necessary to avoid risk factors that could lead to heart attacks.
Aspirin works to reduce pain and inflammation and has been doing so for more than a century. However, in the last several decades, aspirin has also been used to prevent and/or manage heart disease. It inhibits blood clots and blocks an enzyme that signals the brain of an injury to trigger the feeling of pain. Research has shown that regular aspirin use has reduced the number of deaths in people over the age of 65 who have heart disease or at a high risk of experiencing strokes or heart attacks.
However, aspirin therapy is not for everyone. Starting or stopping daily aspirin therapy should only be done under the consultation of a physician. Mountain-Pacific works with medical experts and health care professionals to improve preventive measures and strategies for heart disease, including the use of aspirin therapy.
Smoking injures blood vessels and speeds up the hardening of arteries. About one in five of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. every year are directly related to cigarette smoking. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is working with health care providers, medical experts and community partners to improve preventive measures for heart disease, including smoking cessation counseling.