The Risk Factors of Heart Disease

Heart disease is a common condition, especially in the United States. Fast food, lack of exercise, and other factors all contribute to the development of heart disease. Dr. Antoine Geffrard at RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, provides a wide range of medical services, including diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

What You Need to Know about Heart Disease

There are several risk factors for developing heart disease. Some, like genetics and family history of heart disease, are out of your control. There are many risk factors that you do have control over, including if you:

  • Smoke
  • Eat a high-fat diet
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol

It’s good to know you have a lot of control over whether you develop heart disease. To help prevent heart disease, you should:

Quit smoking, which will dramatically increase your overall health, especially the health of your heart.

Eat a diet low in fat, which will help prevent fatty buildup in your arteries, leading to heart disease. Substitute lean meats and low-fat or nonfat dairy products, and eat lots of leafy, green vegetables.

Try to maintain a healthy weight, which will reduce stress on your heart and provide other benefits too. Your doctor can help with medically assisted weight loss, diet plans, and more, to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days each week. Include aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jogging, or swimming to get your heart working.

See your doctor regularly, for blood pressure and cholesterol checks. Your doctor can prescribe medications and other therapies to help you prevent heart disease.

Want to Know More?

To find out more about the prevention, signs, symptoms, and treatment of heart disease, call Dr. Antoine Geffrard at RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI. You can reach him in the office by calling (248) 663-5353, so call today.

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