Are You At Risk for Developing Cardiovascular Disease?
Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of men and women in the United States. To prevent the consequences of poor heart and vascular health, it is wise to consider your risk factors and plan for a healthier future. You may be at risk for developing cardiovascular disease if you possess one or more of the following risk factors:
- Advanced age
As we age, we become more at risk of developing narrowed arteries and weakened heart muscles, both of which contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Men are at a higher risk for developing heart disease than women. After a woman experiences menopause, however, her risk will typically increase.
- Family history
If one of your close family members (parents or siblings) has been diagnosed with heart disease, you are more likely to develop the condition.
- Tobacco use
Smoking leads to vasoconstriction, or narrowing of the blood vessels, which promotes the development of heart disease. Carbon monoxide can also damage the inner walls of the arteries, making them more likely to develop atherosclerosis.
- High blood pressure
Chronic high blood pressure causes the muscles of the arteries to thicken and become narrow, eventually hindering the flow of blood and promoting cardiovascular disease.
Although some of the factors that put people at risk for developing cardiovascular disease are not controllable, there are many other factors that can be controlled and improved through simple lifestyle modifications. Staying active and including exercise in your daily routine will help to lower your risk for heart disease and many other serious health conditions, such as diabetes and stroke. Eating a balanced, healthy diet that contains low amounts of sodium can also help to reduce your risk. Ask your doctor about your cholesterol and blood pressure levels and what you can do to better control them.
If you are interested in learning more about your risk and in actively preserving your health, take Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center’s Heart Health Assessment and speak with your doctor about your results. To find an experienced and knowledgeable physician in the Las Vegas area, call our healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300, or contact Sunrise Hospital online today.