Heart Disease Prevention Specialist Questions and Answers

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Heart Disease Prevention Specialist Questions and Answers

Can I prevent heart disease?

Heart disease can be prevented, and that starts with knowing your risks. There are many lifestyle risk factors that are within your control to make positive changes that will impact your long-term health. Eating healthy, being physically active, and maintaining a healthy weight, reducing day to day stress, getting proper sleep, and living smoke free can have a significant impact on preventing and reversing heart disease. Talk to your integrated cardiologist about your lifestyle, family history, and risk factors to understand how you can lower your risks of heart disease.

How can you prevent heart disease at any age? 

There are a number of things you can do to prevent heart disease. Developing and maintaining healthy habits will allow you to help reverse some cases of heart disease. It is always recommended that you gain professional assistance with developing and maintaining the following habits:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get proper sleep –Get at least seven hours of sleep per night, eight if possible.
  • Get active – Be physically active at least five days a week for 30 minutes a day.
  • Quit Smoking – living smoke free will have an overall effect on your health.
  • Manage stress – Reduce your stress with meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and family support.
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight – check your weight often to maintain a healthy weight and body composition.
  • Control your blood pressure – high blood pressure is a result of raised blood pressure in your arteries causing your heart to work harder than normal to pump blood through your blood vessels. It is important to have your physician check your blood pressure regularly.
  • Get professional advice – See a preventative cardiologist regularly to support your heart health.

What does a preventive cardiologist do?

Preventative cardiology is a subspeciality medicine concentrated on reducing patients’ risk for developing heart disease. This personalized care focuses on lowering the risk of a first heart attack as well as preventing further issues in those patients with cardiovascular disease. A preventative cardiologist is a recognized leader in preventing heart disease in straightforward and highly-complex cases. A preventative cardiologist will assess each patient’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease or risk of suffering a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke. Preventative cardiologists also examine a patient’s hereditary factors and other conditions that can affect their future health. A preventative cardiologist will then work to build a medical plan with each patient to reduce their risk factors of experiencing a cardiovascular event.  

What is considered high risk for heart disease?

Several health conditions, your age, family history, and your lifestyle can increase your risk for heart disease. Heart disease is common and often silent, it is important to understand your personal risk factors. Many risk factors for heart disease are controllable, while others are not.  The uncontrollable risk factors for heart disease include male sex, older age, a family history of heart disease, being post-menopausal, and race (African Americans, American Indians, and Mexican Americans have a greater risk of heart disease).

While you cannot control these risk factors, you can control making lifestyle changes that will reduce these heart disease risk factors:

  • Smoking
  • High LDL (commonly called “bad”” cholesterol) and low LDL (commonly called “good” cholesterol).
  • Uncontrollable high blood pressure
  • Being physically inactive
  • Poor diet
  • Obesity (having a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25)
  • Uncontrollable diabetes
  • High C-reactive protein
  • Uncontrollable stress, anger, and/or depression
  • Alcohol use

Making positive changes to your lifestyle has been proven to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. These changes may not guarantee to keep heart disease away, but they will make positive impacts on your overall physical and mental health.