Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and can present as one of many different serious conditions. Some of these conditions are congenital, while others can develop over the course of time and cause serious problems later in life. Those that develop heart conditions later in life are likely to have one or more known risk factors, or factors that have shown to increase your risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Are you at risk for heart disease? Some of the factors that you can control by living a healthier lifestyle include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Being overweight (obesity)
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Chronic stress
- Unhealthy diet
Most people have at least one of these risk factors. As your number of risk factors increases, so does your likelihood of developing heart disease or experiencing a heart attack. Some of these factors are more severe than others; for example, being diabetic and smoking put you at greater risk than some of the other factors.
To help control these factors, you can choose to lead a healthier lifestyle. Adults and children can both benefit from heart-healthy choices, such as maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a heart-healthy diet, staying active, and avoiding smoking. Making good decisions can keep you at low risk for heart disease, which has shown to increase your life expectancy for an average of 10 years.
These are not the only possible risk factors for heart disease—new risk factors are found as researchers learn and study more about the disease. Riverside Community Hospital’s Heart Care Institute is committed to the effective treatment of heart disease. Learn more about our services by visiting our website or contacting our staff at (951) 788-3000.