It’s American Heart Month, and one physician provided tips to help people in the state ranking No. 46 in heart disease reduce their chances of developing the deadly disease.
Dr. Stewart Gordon, the chief medical officer for Louisiana Healthcare Connections, said although age and genetics increase people’s risk for heart disease, the condition is largely preventable.
“By making changes in your lifestyle to eliminate these controllable factors, you can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease,” Gordon said.
Controllable heart disease risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, uncontrolled blood pressure, low physical activity, uncontrolled diabetes and unhealthy diets, according to Gordon.
The risks can be reduced or eliminated by monitoring and trying to control existing conditions, exercising and eating healthier food.
The most important step people can make to improve their heart health is to talk to their doctors and make sure they’re making the best health decisions, Gordon said.