What are my risks for getting heart disease?

Updated:Apr 15,2013

What Are My Chances of Getting Heart Disease Infographic imageAsk yourself the following three questions:

  1. How many risk factors do I have?
Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke
  1. Do I know Life's Simple 7® Keys to Prevention?
    1. Control Cholesterol - 98.9 million Americans age 20 and older have total blood cholesterol levels of 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or higher.
    2. Manage High Blood Pressure - Approximately 90% of all Americans will develop hypertension in their lifetime and 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure and doesn't even know it.
    3. Reduce Blood Sugar - Heart disease and stroke are the number one causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes.
    4. Stop Smoking - Among Americans age 18 and older, more than 19 million women and 24 million men are smokers.
    5. Get Moving - Over 50% of Americans do not get the recommended at least 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.
    6. Lose Weight - More than 2/3 of our American adult population is overweight, with 1/3 of us in the obese category.
    7. Eat Right - When you eat a heart-healthy diet you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy - for life!

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  1. Am I making an effort or making excuses?
    Top "Barriers" to healthy living from a recent survey of website visitors to heart.org:
    • Twenty-seven percent said they live a heart-healthy lifestyle.
      Great job! Learn more about preventing heart disease at any age at heart.org/atanyage.
    • Eighteen percent said they don't want to stop eating the foods they life.
      Then don't! Just learn healthy ways to prepare them at heart.org/recipes.
    • Seventeen percent said they don't have time to exercise regularly.
      Don't worry. Ten minutes three times a day is all it takes; go to heart.org/take10.
    • Fourteen percent said they don't like exercising.
      Keep trying! Here are our top 5 tips to loving exercise ... or at least not hating it heart.org/lovingactivity.
    • Fourteen percent said it costs too much to eat healthy.
      Think again. Try our tips to save you money and time at heart.org/healthytips.
    • Twelve percent said they were too busy taking care of others to take care of themselves.
      To do the best for your loved ones, you must be in the best possible health yourself; go to heart.org/caregiver.
    • Seven percent said they don't really know how to take care of their heart.
      You're in luck! We have all the heart-health information you need at heart.org/conditions.
Start here: heart.org/makinganeffort

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Cardiovascular Conditions

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