Heart and vascular disease can strike anyone at any age. ‘Heart and Vascular Disease’ is the class of diseases that involve the heart and/or blood vessels (arteries and veins). Each year, more Americans die as a result of heart disease than cancer. Because of this startling statistic, it is especially important to determine risk factors. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to help reduce your risks of getting heart disease.
Steps you can take to improve your health and lower your risk:
- Quit smoking – Smokers have more than twice the risk of heart attack than non-smokers.
- Get moving – The less you exercise, the greater your chance for heart disease.
- Maintain a healthy weight – When you carry excess weight on your body, you add considerable strain on your heart.
- Eat healthy – Choose a diet low in sodium, saturated/trans fat, cholesterol and refined sugars.
- See your primary care physician regularly – Get regular check-ups help to monitor your health.