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Heart Disease Prevention & Risk Factors

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Heart Disease Prevention & Risk Factors

Understand Your Risk For Heart Disease

Many risk factors contribute to your chance of developing heart disease. While some of these risk factors cannot be prevented, such as aging and family history, some factors are manageable—eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising, as well as getting any other health problems under control.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Being a man or a postmenopausal woman
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • Poor oral health
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy diet high in salt and saturated fat
  • Unmanaged stress

At University Health, you can find a wide spectrum of doctors who work together to treat medical conditions contributing to your heart problems. You won’t have to travel around the region to find the care you need—we’re all in one place.

Preventing Heart Disease

Many types of heart disease can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Your doctor may recommend:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet low in salt and saturated fat
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Adding 30 minutes of physical activity to your day

If you have other health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, keep them under control with the proper medications and lifestyle adjustments.

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