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Do you know your risk for heart disease? Learn what increases our cardiovascular risk and how we can reduce or control risk factors that we may have.
How can I help reduce stress levels?
There are many methods for reducing stress, including exercise, meditation and deep breathing. Stress can affect adults in different ways, so it is important to try different stress reduction approaches in order to find one that works best for you.
How can I help reduce health implications of prolonged sitting without a standing desk?
How can I improve my sleeping habits?
How can I lower my cholesterol, aside from dietary changes?
How can I help prevent heart failure?
How can I help improve life satisfaction?
How can I help prevent HPV?
How can I help prevent stroke?
How can I prevent Type 2 diabetes?
How can I reduce my exposure to air pollutants?
How can I prevent AF?
How can I prevent the development of "sick fat"?
You can help prevent adiposopathy or "sick fat" by maintaining a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise. Those who are overweight can lose weight to prevent or minimize “sick fat” in the body.
How can I prevent PFO?
How can Americans help reduce their cardiovascular risk?
How are white blood cell counts tested?
How can I cut out excess sugar in my diet?
Many studies (including earlier NHANES reports) show that sugary soft drinks contribute more calories to the U.S. diet than any other single food or beverage. One 12-oz can of soda contains about 40 to 50 grams of sugar, depending on the type of soda. That’s equivalent to 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. Guzzle a 32-oz jumbo drink from a fast-food restaurant or convenience store, and you’ll take in 23 teaspoons of sugar. But sodas aren’t the only problem. Lots of hidden sugars find their way into processed foods in the form of high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners.
The risk factors for PAD are similar to those for heart disease. Some factors you cannot control—being older or having a family history of heart disease—but there are many that you can.
How do experts define low-income?
How do isoflavones improve blood pressure?
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 I know if I have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
A telltale sign of OSA is chronic loud snoring, interspersed with sounds of gasping or choking. Often a person isn’t aware of his or her own snoring and it will take a family member or bed partner to point it out. (Not everyone who snores has OSA, however.) Another prime indicator of OSA for most people is daytime sleepiness, although heart failure patients complain of this symptom less often.
To confirm that you have OSA, your doctor will send you to an overnight sleep laboratory for specialized testing called polysomnography. If this technology isn’t available where you live, in-home monitoring devices may be an alternative.
How can patients improve their health literacy?
How can I reduce my risk for heart attack?
How did researchers determine the risk associated with ICD implants and driving?
A total of 2,786 ICD patients were followed for an average of nearly 3 years following implantation. During this time, researchers tracked the occurrence of shocks from the ICD. A risk of harm formula was then used to calculate the risk for shock from the time of implantation, and therefore risk of harm while driving.
How can too much salt be harmful to your health?
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