Wellness and Prevention
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Overweight or obesity
- Poor diet
- Excessive Alcohol Use
Many risk factors for heart disease can be controlled with lifestyle modifications. You should consult your physician about what your risk factors are and what you can do to help overcome these risk factors.
SGMC offers help with some risk factors including:
Other ways to help with risk factors include:
- Eat a healthy diet. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat and sodium (salt) to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Ask your doctor about how to improve your diet.
- Exercise. It may sound hard if you haven't exercised for a while, but try to work up to 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise (that raises your heart rate) 4 to 6 times a week.
- Lose weight if you're overweight. Your doctor can advise you about the best ways to lose weight.
- Control your blood pressure if you have hypertension.
Learn more about keeping your heart healthy at Heart.org.