Decrease your heart risk

How to Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is a serious condition that affects millions of people every year and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Heart disease is a general term that refers to multiple types of heart condition including coronary artery disease. There are certain risk factors that lead to heart disease that cannot be controlled, but by following a general health guideline, you can decrease your risk. 

Risk factors are anything that increase your risk of contracting a heart disease. Some risk factors cannot be controlled such as your age and your family history. Those who are older are more likely to get heart disease than someone who is younger and those who have a family history of heart disease are more likely as well. Some risk factors can be controlled but will put you at a higher risk such as diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking. Check out these guidelines on how to decrease your risk of heart disease.

Quit Smoking. Smoking puts you at a much higher risk of heart disease and other health issues. If you are a smoker, the first step to decrease your risk is to quit smoking. 

Manage Your Blood Pressure. Those with high blood pressure have an increased risk. Manage your blood pressure by getting it checked regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Manage Your Cholesterol. Your cholesterol levels also affect your risk. The easiest way to manage your cholesterol is by controlling what you eat. Staying away from foods with saturated fats and eating more grains can help. To learn more about managing your cholesterol, check out this article, “how to lower your cholesterol.”

Follow a Healthy Diet. What you put into your body will affect how your body functions. Eating a healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains can help decrease your risk. Additionally, eating heart healthy foods (such as whole grains, fatty fish and leafy greens) and avoiding processed food with saturated fats and added sugars will help you manage your weight and stay on track for a heart-healthy life.

Exercise. It’s important that you exercise regularly – about two and a half hours per week. Along with a healthy diet, you’ll be able to better manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to decrease your risk of heart disease. 

Taking these simple steps can really make a difference in your lifestyle. It’s important that you talk to your doctor about your risk for heart disease and what the best plan of action is for you. The earlier your risk factors are detected, the more time you have to decrease your risk. If heart disease is common in your family, discuss your family history with your primary care physician to learn more about your risk of heart disease. 

At Wendover Primary Care, we take the time to make sure you are on the right path to better health. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to discuss your risk of heart disease. 

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