Heart Disease: Know the Facts

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. The definition of heart disease is any medical condition of the heart and blood vessels. This disease is prevalent in developed countries mostly due to environmental factors, but the great news is there is much that can be done to prevent it. Proper diet (one that is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and refined sugar) and exercise ( at least 30 minutes of some form of activity a day) are two of the most important ways that this disease can be easily prevented.

Additionally, regular checkups with a primary care physician will go a long way in addressing preventive care. This is critical in middle age men and women, for those who have a family history of heart disease, and for those who already have a serious ailment such as Diabetes. It is important for everyone to see their physician so that they can know their numbers through proper blood testing. These “numbers” are cholesterol (Including HDL, LDL), blood pressure, triglycerides, fibrinogen, and homocysteine level. A physician can assess those numbers and identify the risk level associated with them.

Other ways that heart disease can be prevented is through keeping a healthy body weight, managing stress, refrain from smoking, and limiting or refraining from alcohol use.

Heart disease may be the number one killer in America, but it does not have to be a death sentence for most people. Much can be done to prevent it, and even if the disease has already been established, it can be treated. In some cases, it may even be able to be reversed. People have the power to take control of their heart health and even the smallest steps can yield big improvements.