Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking). Hormonal conditions such as diabetes, Cushing's syndrome, Polycystic ovary syndrome and Hashimoto's disease also increase the risk for heart disease.
February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.
You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your heart. Learn how to be “heart healthy” at any age.
Here are 4 things to do to take control of your Heart Health:
Make heart-healthy eating changes. Have a diet plan low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium. Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits, and aim for low sodium options.
Stay active. Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week. You can even break up the 30 minutes into 10-minute blocks. Learn more about how to get enough physical activity.
Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, learn how to quit.
Manage conditions. Work with your health care team to manage conditions such as diabetes, adrenal problems and thyroid disorders. This includes taking any medicines you have been prescribed.
If you feel like you may be at risk and your weight is a contributing factor, discuss with your healthcare provider and check out Atlanta Endocrine Associates.
If you’d like to learn more about permanent weight loss, please feel free to call us or schedule an appointment with Dr. Isaacs using the online booking tool on this website.