Q: I’ve been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease: Is my life over?
A: Cardiovascular disease used to be a terrible disease, and it still is the leading cause of death around the world. But with so much advancement in medical science and pharmaceutical research, it now is more of a chronic disease that can be managed. We have so much more knowledge than we did 30 years ago and now we have some good tools to manage the condition.
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A lot of our patients do terrific jobs controlling their risk factors and maybe even lead healthier lives than they did before their heart attack. This happens because after their diagnosis, they know their numbers, they are focusing on their health and they are doing all the right things that they weren’t doing before.
There’s no reason to give up if you have cardiovascular disease. In fact, for many people it’s a wakeup call.
— Preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH