Heart Attack Prevention in Mission Viejo, CA

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What is Heart Attack Prevention?

A heart attack occurs when one or more areas of the heart muscle experience decreased blood flow due to narrowed arteries and don't get ample oxygen. Narrowed coronary arteries are caused by fat buildup and cholesterol that bring the heart muscle necessary blood flow. Being overweight, smoking, drinking excess alcohol, eating an unhealthy diet, and not getting enough exercise are all factors that can increase your heart attack risk. Cardiovascular disease specialist Zachary Lott at Nexus HealthSpan can help you make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent a heart attack. Contact our office in Mission Viejo, CA to schedule an appointment.



Heart attack prevention is essential for maintaining long-term health and well-being. By taking proactive steps, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of experiencing a heart attack. The benefits of heart attack prevention include:

  • Reduced risk of a heart attack and its associated complications
  • Improved overall cardiovascular health, leading to enhanced quality of life
  • Lowered risk of developing conditions related to heart disease, such as stroke and hypertension
  • Enhanced ability to maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle
  • Potential for a longer life expectancy due to reduced cardiovascular risks

By prioritizing heart attack prevention, individuals can enjoy a healthier, more active life while minimizing the risk of severe health complications. It's essential to consult with the healthcare professionals at Nexus HealthSpan for personalized advice and strategies tailored to individual health needs.

How Do You Prevent Heart Attacks?

Proper screening and living a healthy lifestyle are important factors for heart attack prevention. Zachary Lott performs cardiovascular disease screening using the carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) test. The team at Nexus HealthSpan also performs blood tests and genetic tests and takes a complete family history when screening for cardiovascular disease. Zachary will discuss healthy lifestyle choices and modifications you can make to keep your heart functioning well. It is also essential to manage conditions like diabetes, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, elevated inflammation levels, and high cholesterol levels. For more information on heart attack prevention and how to protect your health, contact our office in Mission Viejo, CA so that we can schedule an appointment.

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Protect Your Heart

A heart attack is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. If you experience chest discomfort, back pain, heartburn, sweating, trouble breathing, nausea, or vomiting, call 911. Nurse practitioner Zachary Lott can help you take control of your health and take steps to lower your heart attack risk. Contact Nexus HealthSpan in Mission Viejo, CA to schedule an appointment today.



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How can I keep my heart healthy to prevent heart attacks?

Keeping your heart healthy involves several lifestyle modifications. Start by maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats while limiting intake of saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium, and sugars. Regular physical activity is also crucial. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption. Regular healthcare appointments at Nexus HealthSpan for cholesterol and blood pressure checks can help monitor your heart health.

How can the CIMT test help prevent heart attacks?

A higher carotid intima-media thickness may indicate an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Lifestyle modifications and medications can be implemented by detecting atherosclerosis early to manage this risk. You should discuss the need for this and other advanced screenings with nurse practitioner Zachary Lott.

What tests are included in cardiovascular disease screening?

A typical screening may include blood pressure measurement, cholesterol profile (lipid panel), and blood glucose test. Based on your risk factors, additional tests may be conducted, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), stress testing, or imaging studies like echocardiogram, cardiac CT scan, or Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) test.

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