Heart Disease & Prevention

Cardiovascular disease (also called heart disease) is the #1 cause of death in the US and accounts for 33.6% of all US deaths! It affects men and women of all ages. In fact, according to the CDC, 1 in 3 US adults currently lives with one or more types of cardiovascular disease. The major risk factors for CVD include physical inactivity, poor diet, tobacco use, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, overweight and diabetes. The key to preventing cardiovascular diseases is managing these risk factors.

Screening tests recommended for optimal cardiovascular health:
  • Blood Pressure
  • High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, be sure to get it checked at least once every two years.
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides
  • Too much of these fatty substances in the blood can build up inside arteries and form plaque, which increase your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. An HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) level less than 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L) and a high LDL cholesterol level raises your risk for developing heart disease.
  • Blood Glucose
  • High blood glucose levels put you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Major Risk Factors That Can Be Modified, Treated or Controlled
Tobacco Smoke: Smokers' risk of developing coronary heart disease is 2-4 times that of nonsmokers.
High Blood Cholesterol: As blood cholesterol rises, so does risk of coronary heart disease.
High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure increases the heart's workload, causing the heart to thicken and become stiffer.
Physical Inactivity: An inactive lifestyle is a risk factor for coronary heart disease.
Obesity and Overweight: People who have excess body fat especially if a lot of it is at the waist are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes: Diabetes seriously increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

(c) American Heart Association

Leading a healthy lifestyle greatly reduces a person's risk of developing heart disease or stroke. Here are some tips to get you started...
  • Don't smoke or use tobacco.
  • Stay active (30 mins of exercise/day).
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Keep your waist under 40" (men) or 35" (women)
  • Make healthy food choices (limit saturated fats).
  • Get regular health screenings & find out if you need to take action
  • Sleep an hour earlier than usual
  • Eat fish once a week
  • Take a baby aspirin every day
  • Drink water

Mark your calendar for a Free Blood Sugar, Cholesterol & Pressure Screening weekend on April 6 and 7, 2013, 9am to 3pm at Campbell Urgent Care, Royal Oak!
Most cardiovascular diseases are caused by risk factors like cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes that can be treated or controlled. Early detection lowers the risk of future complications.


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-- CDC

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