Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease
- If you smoke, stop!
- If you are overweight, find a diet plan you like that your physician supports
and stick to it! Set reasonable goals and timelines.
- If you are more than 20% overweight or have a family history of diabetes,
be sure to get screened for the disease. Diabetes is an independent risk factor
for heart disease as well as a serious disease itself.
- Exercise at least 20 minutes 4 to 5 times per week.
- Get your cholesterol and triglycerides checked. If they're elevated, work
with your physician to lower them.
- If you're over 40, ask your doctor if you're a candidate for taking a
baby aspirin each day to reduce your risk of a heart attack.
- Get your blood pressure checked and if it's elevated, work with your physician
to manage it.
- Brushing and flossing aren't just important for your teeth. Preventing
periodontal disease may also reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Increasing dietary fiber intake to approximately 25 to 30 g/d may reduce
your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 12%.
- Practice stress management techniques. There is a significant relationship
between high stress levels and coronary artery disease.
Created: 1/10/2004  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
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