What to Know About Heart Disease

The Facts on Heart Disease

Risk Factors & Strategies to Reduce Your Risk

The Factors Following have been Shown to Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

Modifiable Factors: The following actions are controllable, and therefore, you should do your best to avoid as many of these actions as possible. If something is unavoidable, be conscientious about your other actions to help combat the risk!

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

Symptoms

  • 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
Symptoms are not exclusive to heart disease, and also do not always appear. The first time you may know of your condition is when you suffer a heart attack.

80% of Heart Disease Issues are Preventable

Heart Attacks are Often Silent

45%

of individuals suffering from a heart attack display no symptoms and have no idea it is happening. This is despite the lethality of silent attacks being just as deadly as symptomatic.

What are the Recommended Screening Requirements?

It is important to note that most providers recommend annual blood pressure readings and blood work to test for cholesterol and blood sugar levels. These services typically are covered by your insurer. Schedule an annual physical to receive these tests to ensure proper health!
 
Blood work for heart disease is recommended to begin at 20 and and blood glucose for diabetes at 45.
  • 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)
High risk individuals should always discuss their situation with their doctor and determine the plan that is best for them.

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

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