Heart Health Tips from Natividad’s Expert Cardiologists
- February 2, 2024
Natividad Cardiologists Dr. Michael Galloway, Dr. M. Kerala Serio, Dr. Alexander Izmailov, Dr. Jeanne Vesey Phillips, Dr. Nicholas Chee, Dr. Eugene Yu-Chuan Liu
We depend on our hearts for life itself. But, as strong as the heart is, it’s also subject to disease that can weaken its ability to do its job. Did you know that cardiovascular disease (CVD), also known as heart disease, isn’t just an older person’s problem? More and more younger people are dealing with heart disease.
“Each risk factor increases your chance of developing heart disease. The more risks you have, the higher your overall risk,” said Natividad Cardiologist Dr. Nicholas Chee. “Some of these risk factors cannot be changed such as age, sex or family history. But there are many important factors you can change, like choosing a heart-healthy diet and being physically active.”
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States for both men and women. But you can do a lot to protect your heart and stay healthy. Preventing heart disease starts with knowing your risk factors and what you can do to reduce them. There’s much in your control when it comes to matters of the heart. So please don’t wait until it’s too late. Natividad’s cardiologists are here to listen, help and inspire you to live a healthier, longer life. Our experts will work with you to give you the knowledge, support and tools you need to meet your heart health goals.
Top 10 Risk Factors For Heart Disease
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Diabetes or prediabetes
- Lack of regular physical activity
- Family history of early heart disease
- A history of preeclampsia
(a sudden rise in blood pressure and too much protein in the urine during pregnancy)
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Age 55 or older for women; 45 or older for men
10 Heart Health Questions To Ask Your Doctor
Your health care provider is your partner in maintaining your wellness, not just helping you recover when you’re sick. So here are some helpful heart health-related questions to discuss at your annual checkup with your primary care doctor or cardiologist.
- What is my risk of developing heart disease?
- What is my blood pressure? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What are my cholesterol numbers? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What is my body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement? Do I need to lose weight for my health?
- What is my blood sugar level, and does it mean I’m at risk for diabetes?
- Should I consider any screening tests for heart disease?
- How can we work together to help me quit smoking?
- How much physical activity should I be getting?
- What is a heart-healthy eating plan for me? Should I see a registered dietitian or qualified nutritionist to learn more about healthy eating?
- How can I tell when I’m having a heart attack?