According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The term heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmia. Certain health conditions as well as some lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. However, everyone can take steps to lower their risk. While some risk factors, such as family history, gender or age can’t be changed, you can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
- Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Don’t smoke.
- Limit alcohol use.
Prevent or Treat Your Medical Conditions
- Monitor your blood pressure.
- Have your cholesterol checked.
- Manage your diabetes.
- Take your medication.
If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, talk with your doctor. You and your doctor can work together to prevent or treat the medical conditions that lead to heart disease.
- Heart Healthy Living – In this class you will learn how the heart works and the different types of heart conditions, along with ways to reduce risk factors for heart disease and how to live a healthier lifestyle.