It’s American Heart Month, making it a perfect time to think about heart disease and your overall heart health.

Heart disease includes several conditions that affect your heart such as coronary heart disease, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

Some risk factors are uncontrollable, like your age, gender, race and whether you have a family history of heart diseases.  Risk factors you can control, such as,

  • Smoking
  • High LDL and low HDL cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity and lack of physical activity
  • Diabetes
  • Stress

You can help prevent heart disease, high cholesterol and hypertension by making a few simple lifestyle changes:

  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation.
  • Get active, watch your weight and eat healthy.
  • Manage your stress level.

Always remember to make a follow-up appointment with your

doctor if you have high blood pressure or cholesterol. Your doctor can help you manage these conditions and limit your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Educate yourself on the importance of these heart healthy issues… there is always room for improvement when it comes to your health.

For more information from the CDC click here!