What is the likelihood that you could develop heart disease during your lifetime?
Heart disease refers to a variety of conditions that affect the health and function of your heart including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and arrhythmias. 1 in every 3 deaths in the US each year are due to heart disease. Wondering what your risk is for heart disease? From the office of our Arlington, TX, board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail, here’s what you should know about heart disease and how to reduce your risk,
There are risk factors you can change and some you can’t
It’s important to recognize that there are a variety of risk factors that play in role in whether or not you develop heart disease. Risk factors for heart disease that cannot be changed include,
- Being male
- Being 65 years or older
- A family history of heart disease
There are also risk factors for heart disease that you do have control over. Those include,
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Drinking alcohol
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Being obese
You can make changes now to reduce your chances for heart disease
There are ways to reduce your risk for heart disease. These include,
- Getting your blood pressure and cholesterol under control (if you have hypertension or high cholesterol) through healthy living and medication
- Eating a healthy diet that is low in saturated and trans fats, as well as cholesterol and sodium
- Quitting smoking and tobacco products
- Limiting or avoiding alcoholic beverages
- Adding at least 30 minutes (minimum) of aerobic exercise into your routine at least five days a week
- Losing excess weight through regular physical activity and a healthy, balanced diet
If you have a family history of heart disease, we know you can’t change this hereditary risk factor; however, you can be proactive and visit our Arlington, TX, cardiologist for routine checkups at least once a year. We can monitor blood pressure, cholesterol and the health and function of your heart.
We can also provide customized lifestyle recommendations and changes you can make to improve your heart health and to reduce your risk. By coming in once a year we can also catch heart disease early and provide you with more conservative treatment options to manage your condition.
If you would like to sit down with our Arlington, TX, cardiologist to talk about the many ways to improve your lifestyle to bolster your heart health, then call Heart & Sleep Clinics of America at (817) 419-7220.