Prevention Really Is The Best Medicine
It’s never too early – or too late – to start taking care of your heart. Making smart choices can help keep you healthy now and down the road.
Three steps to get you started today
Making the right food choices can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Eating lean meats, swapping the bag of chips for a piece of fruit at snack time and limiting sugary drinks can positively impact your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.
You don’t have to run a marathon to experience the benefits of exercise. Start small with a walk around the block and work your way up to 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day.
Cutting cigarettes from your routine cuts your risk of heart disease in half, it’s that easy.
Know Your Numbers
Both lifestyle choices and genetics can play a role in your risk for heart disease, but advancements in technology allow us to identify risks and catch problems early. You may be are at a higher risk for heart disease if you have:
- Inactive Lifestyle
- Family History of Heart Disease
- High Blood Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Overweight or Obese
To learn more about your risk for heart disease, check out our free online risk assessment tool.
Calcium Scoring CT Scan
If you are at high risk for heart disease, talk to your primary care doctor to see if they’d recommend you undergo a calcium scoring CT scan.
The scan is a non-invasive, painless test that takes x-rays of your heart and its vessels. The results allow doctors to determine your calcium score – a rating of the amount of calcium build up on the walls of the arteries that feed oxygen to your heart. With that number you doctor can create a plan to prevent and manage heart disease.