Coronary Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing more people each year than all forms of cancer combined. While some factors that contribute to Coronary Heart Disease are out of your control, such as age, gender, race and family history, there are several factors that you can control. At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we give you the tools to help control your risk factors.
In this section of our website, you’ll find information on ways to help prevent or control heart disease. Taking small steps toward a healthier life by getting your free heart score and custom life plan today by using the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7.
The small steps to big changes include:
- Manage Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease. One out of every three adults have hypertension and many are unaware. Know your numbers and track your progress.
- Get Active
People who exercise have better health. Make the decision to get active by choosing an activity you enjoy.
- Control Cholesterol
When your cholesterol is elevated you are at risk for heart disease and stroke. Know your numbers, eat healthy and get active to lower your risk.
- Eat Better
A variety of heart-healthy nutrition keeps you living at your best health potential. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains carbohydrates, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and fish with omega 3.
- Lose Weight
A BMI of less than 25 is optimal for cardiovascular disease. Choose to invest your energy on losing weight by reducing calories in and increase calories out by engaging in physicial activity.
- Reduce Blood Sugar
High blood sugar encourages growth of the plaque in your arteries and increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
- Don't Smoke
Smoking is the number one modifiable cause of death.
To take the American Heart Association’s assessment and learn the state of your heart, please click here.