Know Your Numbers for Heart Health

Want to lower your risk for heart disease? There are a few "numbers" you should be look out for!

There are two types of risk factors for heart disease–those that you can change and those that you cannot change. These are referred to as modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Non-modifiable risk factors are those such as age, race, gender, family history, etc. Below are a few of the "numbers" you should beware of! See what modifiable risk factors you can take control of.

Weight
If you are overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk for developing heart disease. Eating healthy and exercising to lose weight can help lower your risk.

Cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol:

  • HDL, also called  “good” cholesterol
  • LDL, also called “bad” cholesterol

If you have low HDL and high LDL, you may be at an increased risk for heart disease. Talk to your doctor about how you can improve your cholesterol through diet and exercise. For some, medicines may be required.

Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can also increase your risk for heart disease. Depending on the individual, you may be able to lower your blood pressure through diet and exercise. For some, however, high blood pressure may be due to age or heredity and need to be lowered with the help of blood-pressure-lowering medicines.

Other Factors
Diabetes, smoking, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity can also increase your risk for heart disease.

Talk to your doctor about your "numbers" and find out how you can start lowering your risk for heart disease today. Learn more about heart disease and the risk factors from our Health Library. To learn more about our Heart & Vascular services here at Oak Hill Hospital, visit The Heart Institute online or call us at 352-596-6632 in Hernando or 352-628-6441 in Citrus.

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