According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost half of all Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease – high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. The good news is, these can be impacted with simple lifestyle changes. Some risk factors, like age, race and gender can’t be controlled.
Genetics also plays a role in developing heart disease, so it’s important to identify family members with heart disease or with risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Your family tree is a good starting point for you and your doctor to determine if you’re at risk and what’s best for your heart.
Dr. Christopher Stout with Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery has seven tips for reducing your risk for heart disease.
While following these tips may not eliminate your risk of heart disease, it will certainly benefit your overall health. Talk to your Mercy doctor to understand your risk for heart disease and how you can prevent it.