This American Heart Month, we are taking a look at how to prevent heart disease. An important step is knowing the risk factors, so you can work to lower your risk.
Many factors, people can modify or control. However, others you cannot.
“When we talk about blockages, there are five major things we look at. One of the most important things we generally don’t pay attention to is what our family history is. That plays a major role. If you’ve had a mother or father die of a heart attack at a young age, we carry those genes,” Dr. Babu Jasti with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South said.
If heart disease does run in your family, regular checkups can be vital for early detection.
Other risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Modifying those risk factors can help save lives.
“The number of heart attacks has dropped in the last 15 to 20 years throughout the country. It used to be 1 million to 1.5 million. Now, it’s about 500,000 and that’s because of drugs to lower cholesterol, perhaps a little healthier lifestyles and less smoking all around,” Jasti said.
For more information on heart disease prevention, visit the Cardiovascular Institute of the South.