Although genetics play a major role in many cases of cardiovascular disease, preventing heart disease and other related issues is very possible – particularly when the risk is detected early. At the Middle Georgia Heart, we believe in providing our patients with a comprehensive approach to their cardiovascular care, and prevention is a major aspect of this. Our experts will work with you to develop a lifestyle plan to help minimize your chance of developing a cardiovascular condition or fight-off the early stages of a condition.
Am I at Risk?
There are some factors that play a role in cardiovascular diseases that are unavoidable. These include:
Those with a family history of heart disease are at a much greater risk of developing complications at some point in their lives. It’s generally recommended that you begin testing at a younger age.
Gender can play a major role in susceptibility to cardiovascular conditions. Although men are generally more susceptible to heart disease, women have unique risks, including a higher chance of developing less common symptoms.
As with most diseases, the older you get, the more risk you’re at for developing a cardiovascular disease or condition. This risk spikes around age 45 for men and age 55 for women.
Ethnicity & Race
Some ethnic groups are at a higher risk than others of developing heart disease. African Americans are at a higher risk than Caucasians, and both groups are at a higher risk than Hispanic Americans.
How Can I Decrease My Risk?
Despite these factors that simply cannot be avoided or changed, there are many ways you can decrease your chances of developing heart disease or some other cardiovascular condition.
You’ve probably heard this all your life, but it’s absolutely true – a heart-healthy diet can significantly improve your life and help you fight cardiovascular problems. By eliminating or severely limiting saturated fats, sugary food, food high in sodium, and food high in cholesterol, your risk of heart disease will drop dramatically.
Exercising regularly can significantly reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Heart-healthy exercises include brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or playing an active sport, like tennis or basketball.
Manage Your Stress
Stress can have a multitude of health ramifications, especially cardiovascular health. It can raise cholesterol and blood pressure significantly. Although stress is a normal part of everyday life, there are numerous strategies for managing and reducing it, including exercising, getting more rest, finding a hobby, and more.