Are you at risk? Take steps towards a healthy heart!
Am I at risk for heart disease?
Anyone can get heart disease, but you’re at higher risk if you:
- Have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes
- Are overweight or have obesity
- Don't exercise often
- Don't eat a healthy, balanced diet
Your age and family history also affect your risk for heart disease. Your risk is higher if:
- You’re a woman over age 55
- You’re 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
But the good news is there's a lot you can do to prevent heart disease:
- Eat healthy - include grains and greens in your daily diet and limit your intake of fried and fatty foods and sugar
- Get active - daily walks are a great way to get your heart pumping
- Stay at a healthy weight - obesity can lead to heart disease
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke - believe us, you'll feel much better
- Monitor and control your cholesterol and blood pressure - remember to take your medications if you're on them
- Drink alcohol only in moderation - one to two drinks on occasion is fine
- Manage your stress - meditation, reading, and avoiding stressful situations are all helpful
Do your part for a healthy heart!