Heart Disease: Who is at Risk?

How your cardiologists in Woodbridge, and Stafford, VA, can help your heart

There are many factors which can raise your risk of heart disease. Some of these factors are out of your control, but there are many risk factors you can reduce or eliminate. Your cardiologist can tell you more about how to protect yourself.

The cardiologists at NOVA Cardiovascular Care provide a wide range of cardiology services, including diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. They have two convenient locations in Woodbridge, and Stafford, VA, to help you and your heart.

You are at greater risk of heart disease if you:

  • Smoke
  • Eat a high-fat diet
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have a family history of heart disease

As you can see, most of the risk factors for heart disease are lifestyle choices you can modify. Consider:

If you are a smoker, quit smoking. This will dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease and many other life-threatening diseases.

If you eat a high fat diet, eliminate full fat dairy and red meat from your diet. Choose low fat dairy products and lean meats like fish and poultry instead.

If you are overweight or obese, your cardiologist can help with nutritional guidance, so you can maintain a healthy weight. Consider eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. The high fiber content can help you stay full.

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, raise your level of activity to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days each week. Include aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jogging, or swimming to benefit your heart.

If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your cardiologist can prescribe medication to regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Regular visits to your cardiologist can help you and your heart stay healthy.

To find out more about the prevention, signs, symptoms, and treatment of heart disease, talk with the experts. Call the cardiologists at NOVA Cardiovascular Care. You can reach them in Woodbridge, VA, by calling (703) 492-6822, or in Stafford, VA, by calling (540) 628-2173, so call today.

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