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Substance Use and Heart Health

Understanding the Cardiac Risks of Substance Use During American Heart Month

February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a special time of the year that encourages people to take proactive steps toward improving their cardiovascular health. It also provides an opportunity for communities and organizations to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke so that individuals are more informed and better equipped to safeguard their own well-being. With greater understanding and education, people can be empowered to make healthier lifestyle decisions and promote long-term cardiovascular health.

At Mount Sinai Wellness Center, we want to utilize American Heart Month to illustrate the preventative steps you can take to protect your heart by staying sober. To learn more about our care and treatment options, reach out to a team member at (800) 353-4673.

How Staying Sober Helps Your Heart

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute states that the first step in living a heart-healthy life is understanding your risk factors. By reviewing and examining your specific risk areas for heart disease and stroke, you’ll have better discretion regarding the necessary lifestyle changes to make to improve your cardiovascular health.

Anyone with previous history of drug or alcohol addiction is at a higher risk of developing cardiac issues. In fact, research has found a link between substance abuse and an increased risk of heart failure. In particular, studies indicate that alcohol consumption can lead to higher levels of left ventricular dysfunction and myocardial fibrosis.

Additionally, more prolonged use of drugs like cocaine, opioids, and methamphetamine can result in even more serious cardiac complications. Illegal drugs put users at significant risk of developing heart and blood vessel disease. Many illicit drugs increase blood pressure and heart rate, leading to higher chances of stroke and other cardiac problems, such as arrhythmia and inflammation of the arteries.

Because of this, abstaining from drug and alcohol use is an important factor in maintaining a healthy heart. Living a clean lifestyle that avoids unhealthy habits like smoking, poor diets, and lack of exercise can also help reduce your risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.

Engaging in regular physical activities will increase blood circulation and strengthen your heart muscles. Eating nutrient-rich foods can also support improved cardiac health by helping to regulate cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. Our team can help you understand what programs, routines, and lifestyle changes will work best for your specific needs during and following your recovery.

Take Control of Your Health Today

Taking proactive steps towards living a healthier life can make a huge difference in protecting your heart. Our team at Mount Sinai Wellness Center is dedicated to educating you and your loved ones on the positive steps you can take to achieve full-body health. We provide you with access to the tools and resources needed to improve your quality of life.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we’re here to help. Contact us at (800) 353-4673 today to get started.