American Heart Month: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

Posted on February 15, 2017

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Heart disease is a scary concept. According to Cardiosmart.org, In 2008, heart disease was the cause of around 25% of deaths in the United States. While it is not always possible to avoid heart problems, if you are aware of the risk factors and are willing to make changes in your life, you may be able to prevent heart disease or lessen the symptoms. In honor of American Heart Month, spend some time learning about heart disease and your risks.

Risk Factors

Heart disease does not usually strike randomly. Some risk factors can make you more susceptible. Consider these major risk factors.

  • High Blood Pressure – High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. Controlling your blood pressure with diet, exercise or medication will help you avoid heart disease and live a healthier life too.

  • High Cholesterol – For many people, cholesterol can be controlled by a change in diet. If not, there are many medications on the market today that can help too. Your doctor will work with you to get this number in shape.

  • Smoking – If you are a smoker, it is time to stop. Smoking is one of the most easily controlled risk factors for heart disease. Talk to your doctor about the best way to quit.

There are other risk factors too like age and family history. You may not be able to control these factors, but make sure you discuss your risks with your doctor.

What You Can Do to Prevent Heart Disease

The most important things you can do to prevent heart disease is to stop smoking and lose weight (if your doctor feels you are overweight.) Otherwise, it is a matter of improving your diet, getting exercise and following up with what your doctor recommends in the form of medications.

If you are at risk for heart disease, make sure you reach out to your doctor and follow any advice he or she may have. Here at PBMC’s Long Island Medical Center, we would like to help you feel your best and live a long healthy life. Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our cardiologists or another specialist so you can work towards a healthier future.

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