• Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

     
     
    5/12/2014
    You can take steps to lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  

    Family history – traits inherited from parents – is a risk factor none of us can change. But we can change our diet, exercise and lifestyle to lower the chance of developing cardiovascular disease or heart attacks. Here are things you can do to keep your arteries healthy – and prevent cardiovascular disease:   
    • Don't smoke or use tobacco products.
      • If you do smoke, seek help to stop smoking.
    • If you have high blood pressure, use diet, exercise, and medication to control your blood pressure.
    • If you have diabetes, discuss how to achieve the best blood glucose levels and keep your HgBA1C less than 7.
    • Exercise. Strengthen your cardiovascular system and keep your weight under control through regular exercise. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that is appropriate for you before you begin.   
    • Eat a healthy diet. Be careful about your intake of salt and saturated fats. Make sure you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
    • Maintain a normal weight.
    • Reduce stress as much as possible.