Are you, am I, are we, at risk for heart disease? And what condition is our heart in? Your health history, certain health conditions, your lifestyle, and your age and family history can increase your risk for heart disease. These are called risk factors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all Americans (47%) have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. “My Life Check” is a tool provided by Million Hearts, a program co-hosted by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association with the goal to build healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. This on-line health assessment can help you:
- Understand your current level of cardiovascular health
- Assess your individual health needs
- Commit to steps to improve your health and quality of life
- Move closer to your personal health goals
Try the Life Check tool at the link provided in blue above. You may be surprised that you don’t have all of the facts to make a determination of your risks. Some additional tools:
Try this risk assessment tool from the Centers For Disease Control to determine risk for heart attack and stroke. It will help you better know your heart age.
Ask your doctor what your risks are for heart disease. Use the infograph at this link as a guide to ask questions about your risks for heart disease. This will give you more control over your heart health. Knowing your risks is the first step to reducing them.
Consider these 28 days to a healthy heart. There are many small steps in your control to improve heart health and reduce risks Try one of these steps over the next 28 days to take control. as they say, it takes 28 days to form a new habit. Try one and then another. You can do it!
Finally, follow these great resources at the links below on Facebook to continually learn how you can work towards NOT being a heart disease statistic.
Million Hearts on Facebook
American Stroke Association Facebook page.
The Heart Truth with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Facebook page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Facebook Page
Your heart will be younger before you know it if you incorporate just a few changes. You will feel more in control of your health , your heart will be younger and most importantly, you will feel better!