Heart Health Basics

Heart Health Basics

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

 

The Basics

You can take steps today to lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

To help prevent heart disease, you can:

  •     Eat healthy and get active.
  •     Watch your weight.
  •     Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  •     Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  •     If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  •     Take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  •     Manage stress.

 

Know your numbers.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol can cause heart disease and heart attack.

Get your cholesterol checked.
Men need to get their cholesterol checked at least once every 5 years. Women at risk for heart disease need to get their cholesterol checked once every 5 years.

Get your blood pressure checked.
Starting at age 18, get your blood pressure checked at least once every 2 years. High blood pressure has no signs or symptoms.

 

Heart Health Issues?

If you already know you have a heart health issue, work with your primary care provider. They will be happy to refer you to the experts on Monroe Clinic’s Cardiology team as appropriate.

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