Answers to Common Questions
Find out which numbers and levels everyone should know and what they can tell us about our heart health.
How are liprotein-a levels tested?
How do risk factors that we can't control affect lifetime risk of heart disease?
Risk factors like blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking status and diabetes status are controllable through lifestyle changes and working with your doctor. Although there are risk factors that are out of our control, such as family history, patients can still greatly reduce their cardiovascular risk by addressing risk factors that they can control.
How do home blood pressure monitors work?
There are two main types of home blood pressure monitors that patients can use to track their blood pressure on their own—manual and automatic. Manual blood pressure monitors are similar to those that doctors might use to take your blood pressure, while automatic monitors are electronic monitors that can report your numbers digitally and even integrate with other digital health tools. Both can be very easy to use and useful in helping monitor blood pressure in between doctor visits.
What factors impact lipoprotein-a levels?
Why is hypertension so common in older individuals?
How accurate is nutritional information in fast-food and sit-down restaurants?
Are there any differences observed in lifetime heart disease risk trends between men and women?
What else can I do to control my blood pressure?
Making dietary changes to reduce sodium intake is a big part of blood pressure control. But, there are other things you can do to help lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health. Here are a few:
What is a healthy blood pressure?
How often should I see my primary care doctor?
How can Americans help reduce their cardiovascular risk?
Does cardiovascular risk differ among different races or ethnicities?
Yes. Research from 2012 shows that African-American adults have among the highest rates of hypertension in the world (44% vs. 33.5% of U.S. adults). African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Hispanic/Latino individuals and other ethnic minorities are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, and Mexican-American and African American children are disproportionately affected by overweight and obesity.
How do I know if I'm overweight or obese?
What should I do to reduce my heart attack risk?