Did you know? Heart attack is the leading cause of death in the United States. Learn how you can reduce your risk!
Some of the risk factors for heart attack can be managed with lifestyle changes, and others–such as family history–cannot be changed. Here are some of the heart attack risk factors you can control through lifestyle changes:
Those who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have a heart attack as non-smokers. Smoking other tobacco products and inhaling second-hand smoke, although not as great a risk as smoking cigarettes, can also increase your risk for heart attack.
Lack of Physical Activity
Regular exercise can help improve heart health and can help in reducing high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol.
Excessive Alcohol Use
Excessive alcohol consumption may cause increased blood pressure and other complications of the heart. However, studies suggest moderate drinking (one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men) may actually help in lowering the risk of heart disease.
Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of heart disease, even when no other risk factors are present. Being overweight or obese can increase your change of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which are all risk factors for heart disease. Even losing just 10-20 pounds can lower your risk.
High Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
High blood pressure makes the heart work harder, which can cause it to get larger and weaker and increase your risk for heart attack. High LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, can lead to buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease and heart attack.
Talk to your doctor about your heart health and the lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk. For more information on reducing your risk of heart attack, visit our Health Library online. To learn more our services here at Central Florida Regional Hospital, visit us online or give us a call at 407-321-4500.