Diseases of the Heart
Who is at risk of developing heart disease?
The people who are at highest risk are those who –
Other factors are diet, weight, stress, gender and age.
- Smoke cigarettes
- Have moderate to high blood pressure
- Have a high cholesterol level
- Are physically inactive
- Have diabetes
- Have a family history of heart disease or stroke
How can I reduce my risk of developing heart disease?
There are a number of changes you can make in your daily life that will help to reduce your risk of heart disease:
Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine.
- Stop smoking.
- Be more physically active.
- Maintain a proper weight.
- Reduce stress and tension in your life.
- Eat a well balanced diet (high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats and cholesterol).
- Visit your health care provider for a regular medical checkup.
- Have your blood pressure checked regularly.