Who Is at Risk for Heart Disease? - Page 5

By Katharine Paljug @kpaljug
November 13, 2017
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Lowering your risk for heart disease

You can decrease the chance that you will develop heart disease by paying attention to risk factors that are within your control.

If you smoke, quitting is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association also recommends maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet, being physically active, avoiding stress, and limiting alcohol. These changes help control conventional risk factors, keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure low and reducing the likelihood that you will develop diabetes.

Even if you have already had a heart attack or developed another form of CVD, your lifestyle choices can still lower the likelihood of a second incident. If you know that you are at risk for heart disease, talk to your doctor about healthy changes you can make.


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