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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 that these can be controlled by 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 such as 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.
Heart disease is easier to manage when detected early. If you are concerned or have symptoms, talk to your Mercy doctor.