We should always be kind to our joints and our hearts. They keep us moving and active, and exercise is one key to improved cardiovascular health and reduced stiffness in our arms, legs, and back. February is American Heart Month, an invitation to awareness of heart disease, the risk factors, and how the heart can affect health elsewhere in the body.
In Hampton Roads, Bon Secours offers a full continuum of care for people with cardiovascular issues, and at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists our physicians provide quality treatments for people living with arthritis and joint pain as a result of age or injury. For some people, joint and heart issues are a double concern, and there may be a connection depending on your overall health.
For example, ailments such as heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure can become greater risks for arthritis patients. Research from the Arthritis Foundation suggests that inflammatory conditions caused by joint ailments can contribute to plaque buildup in blood vessels. If you find arthritis gives you problems, it’s important to seek proper treatment before other systems are affected. (Source: Arthritis Foundation)
It is common, too, for cardiovascular patients to come down with some type of joint pain, like Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA in particular can present a risk in that it may affect heart valves, as well as give rise to a condition called costochronditis, in which the cartilage between the ribs and breastbone becomes inflamed. (Source: Science Daily)
This February, people will wear red to remind others to be vigilant about heart health. When seeking treatment for cardio and joint pain, it’s important all physicians in your treatment group are aware of your health status.
Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists offers different programs, from occupational therapies to minimally invasive procedures, designed to improve quality of life. Contact us today to learn more about how we can treat arthritic pains.