Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.
Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Take steps today to lower your risk of heart disease. To help prevent heart disease, you can:
Stay at a healthy weight.
Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Am I at risk for heart disease?
Everyone is at risk for heart disease. But you are at higher risk for heart disease if you:
Have high cholesterol or high blood pressure
Don’t get enough physical activity
Don’t eat a healthy diet
Your age and family history also affect your risk for heart disease. Your risk is higher if:
You are a woman over age 55
You are a man over age 45
Your father or brother had heart disease before age 55
Your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65
*For more information on how to keep your heart healthy or to check your heart health make an appointment with your Riggs CHC healthcare provider. Call 765-742-1567 to make an appointment!