Heartbeat Report: Learn about the risk factors for heart disease

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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:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • 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.

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South was founded in 1983 by Dr. Craig Walker, who first established the company as a one-physician practice in Houma, Louisiana. Driven by a desire to serve and heal people in his community, Dr. Walker envisioned CIS as a leader in the development of new techniques and technologies in the treatment of both coronary and peripheral artery diseases.

Today, CIS continues to grow and expand to multiple locations striving to make the most advanced cardiovascular care accessible to a wide spectrum of communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. We believe that our unwavering dedication to the CIS mission of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care has truly been the cornerstone of this successful growth.

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