What to Know About Heart Disease
The Facts on Heart Disease
Risk Factors & Strategies to Reduce Your Risk
The Following Factors have been Shown to Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease
Modifiable Factors: The following actions are controllable, and therefore should be avoided as consistently as possible. It is important to focus on these lifestyle choices in order to help offset the risk factors that are uncontrollable!
Non-Modifiable Factors: The following cannot be changed. However, these factors are important to know, so you can be cognizant of your lifestyle choices and understand the circumstances!
Help Reduce Your Risk For Heart Disease with these Choices
Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
Symptoms & Early Detection
- Chest discomfort (pain, pressure, tightness), known as angina
- Shortness of breath
- Abnormal fatigue
- Pain, weakness, numbness, tingling of the arms or legs
- Pain in the neck or jaw
80% of Heart Disease Issues are Preventable
Heart Attacks are Often Silent
of individuals suffering from a heart attack display no symptoms and are unaware that the attack is even happening. That said, silent attacks are just as lethal as symptomatic ones.
What are the Recommended Screening Requirements?
- Cholesterol: At a minimum, every 4 to 6 years.
- Blood Glucose: The American Diabetes Association recommends annual testing starting at 45.
- C-Reactive Protein: This test is good for those at medium risk for heart disease. If that describes you, be sure to discuss your options with your doctor. (20)
A Look at the Numbers of Your Screening
Blood Pressure Values
Healthy Cholesterol Values
Nutrition and Heart Disease
Poor diet is one of the major risk factors of heart disease. A number of foods can be consumed to directly reduce your risk for heart disease by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
We have compiled a list of foods that should be consumed regularly to promote optimal health. Heart health is one of the most important components of overall health! Learn the best foods to incorporate into your diet below.
Your Guide to Optimal Nutrition
Treatments for Heart Disease
- Nutrition Therapy: If detected early, there are many foods in a healthy diet that help reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Medications: There are medications that help manage these conditions, but only mask the issue.
- Coronary Stent: Help keep the arteries open and blood flowing