How to treat cad?

Well, well, well. You’ve finally been diagnosed with CAD: Coronary Artery Disease. Don’t worry – it happens to the best of us! But that doesn’t mean you can ignore it and carry on chugging beers and munching doughnuts like there’s no tomorrow. Unfortunately, there will be a tomorrow (and many more) where you’ll have to deal with the consequences if you don’t take proper care of yourself now.

So without further ado, let’s dive into how to treat CAD in the funniest way possible!

What is CAD?

Before we get started on cracking jokes left and right, let’s first understand what this serious condition actually is. CAD occurs when cholesterol plaque builds up inside your coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart). This build-up narrows or blocks these arteries entirely and restricts blood flow which results in chest pain, also known as angina.

If left untreated for too long (cough cough), this lack of oxygenated blood increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Now that we’re all acquainted with what causes CAD let’s move onto some healthy habits one should follow:

Watch Your Diet

Gone are days when you could inhale cheeseburgers at 2 am without any post-binge guilt – sorry about that! Now it’s time for a diet overhaul. Here are some basic tips;

  • Decrease Saturated Fats: Reducing saturated fats lowers LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels.
  • Say No To Trans-fats: Typically found in packaged foods/junk food – trans-fats raise “bad” cholesterol while lowering “good” HDL cholesterol.
  • Go Fish: Eating fish two times per week reduces accumulation fat in the body’s circulatory system
  • Berries: their anti-inflammatory anthocyanins lessen build-up in arteries.
  • Drink Green Tea: Due to catechin a powerful antioxidant, drinking green tea may prevent lipid peroxidation of LDL cholesterol (which affects the functioning of your heart’s blood vessels)

Exercise Regularly

If you’ve been sat on your bottom for years before recognizing that you need to treat CAD, start slow. Gradually work up to at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular activity: brisk walking count or swimming are great examples.

Medications

Unfortunately, lifestyle changes alone won’t magically cure CAD for all people – but they’re definitely worth trying first! Healthcare professionals can also offer medications options; here’s an overview:

Statins

These drugs reduce the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver and improve overall heart health. The downside? You may suffer from side effects like muscle pain or should undergo regular liver function tests supervised by your doctor.

Blood Thinners

Your healthcare professional might prescribe “blood-thinning” medicines such as aspirin which helps avoid clots from forming which would block already narrowed blood vessels. However bleeding risks increase while using them.

You are now officially armed with my witty wisdom. Don’t be afraid if battling coronary artery disease is somewhat overwhelming – even if it often spreads through sarcasm solutions are still relevant– so long as those healthy habits include exercise, avoiding fats/trans-fats & eating nutritional goodies then taking medication advised by professionals remains crucial too. One day the jokes will come naturally again!

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