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Screening and Prevention

Cardiovascular Disease Screening and Prevention

Heart disease is our nation’s leading cause of death, and complications from conditions like peripheral artery disease (PAD), coronary artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm also claim thousands of lives every year. But they don’t have to. Taking simple steps such as eating a healthy diet, exercising and tracking your risk factors can improve your health and help prevent cardiovascular disease.

While there are things you cannot change, like family history, there are many things you can control.

Healthier eating

Prepare simple meals with fresh ingredients instead of grabbing fast food or pre-packaged processed foods. Get started with these heart healthy recipes.

Get Regular Checkups

Schedule routine appointments with your primary care doctor to have your blood pressure checked and get screened for high cholesterol and diabetes. All too often, people are unaware of silent conditions that could be damaging their hearts- but could be controlled better if diagnosed early.

Know Your Risk Factors

Some risk factors cannot be changed (age, race, family history). But many can be controlled- and in the process, lower your chances of cardiovascular disease. These include:
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Tobacco use
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Stress

Be Active and Have Fun

Engage in physical activity that is both productive and fun. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Take up dancing. Even small amounts of regular exercise will do good things for your heart.

Quit Tobacco

No tobacco is good tobacco. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes or chewing tobacco can all increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.