Heart Disease: Know Your Risks
February is American Heart Month. According to the CDC, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and white people. For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Hispanics, heart disease is second only to cancer.” There is no better time to learn about your personal and family’s risks for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help protect your heart for the long-term. Heart disease doesn’t just affect older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart dieses are happening at younger ages. Several health conditions, your lifestyle, and your age and family history can increase your risk for heart disease. These are called risk factors. About half of all Americans (47%) have at least 1 of 3 key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history. These are your family genetics. Understanding your genetic predisposition to your heart is part of a balanced approach to heart health. Here are some ways to take control of your personal and family’s heart health.
You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your heart. Learn how to be heart-healthy at any age.
Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, learn how to quit.
Manage conditions. Work with your health care team to manage conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This includes taking any medicines you have been prescribed. Learn more about preventing and managing high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Make heart-healthy eating changes. Eat food low in trans fat, saturated fat, added sugar, and sodium. Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits, and aim for low sodium options. Learn more about how to reduce sodium.
Stay active. Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week.11 You can even break up the exercise into 10-minute blocks for a total of 30 minutes in a day. Learn more about how to get enough physical activity.
Genetic Testing. Learn more about personal and family risk concerning the genetic predisposition to heart related conditions. Do you have a personal diagnosed hereditary heart condition or suspect you may? Does someone in your family have cardiac issues? Cardiac genetic testing can help you understand your risk and is becoming a staple in a balanced approach to fighting heart related issues.
Vita Medical Solutions offers cardiovascular genetic testing. Mutations associated with inherited cardiovascular diseases and sudden cardiac death can be detected through cardiac genetic testing. This type of testing presents an in-depth look at an individual’s increased risk for various cardiac conditions such as:
- Heart Disease
Don’t let the first sign be a heart attack or stroke.
Vita Medical Solutions can work directly with your Primary Care Physician. With qualifying insurance, this test can cost you nothing out of pocket. To schedule a call with one of Vita Medical’s Patient Service Consultants – Click Here.
Test. Know. Educate. Advocate.
Statistics Source: CDC