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Preventing Cardiovascular Disease Starts with You

Each year, heart disease is at the top of the list of the country's most serious health problems. In fact, statistics show that cardiovascular disease is America's leading health problem, and the leading cause of death.

Approximately 84 million people in this country suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, causing about 2,200 deaths a day, averaging one death every 40 seconds.

Risk Factors

The best way to prevent cardiovascular disease is to reduce your risk factors. Risk factors include:

  • High LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides levels, and reduced HDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High saturated fat diet
  • Diabetes

If you have any of these risk factors, you can stop them from getting worse:

  • Make lifestyle changes. Quit smoking, eat healthier, and get active.
  • Get regular exams by your primary care physician to keep track of your vitals. Routine tests conducted at an annual exam, like taking your blood pressure, checking cholesterol and blood sugar levels through blood tests and monitoring weight gain can identify potential problem areas.

Talk to Your Doctor

"You should have a comfortable enough relationship with your doctor so that you can openly discuss your lifestyle/health choices, whether they are good habits or bad,” says Dr. Louie Kostopoulos, Interventional Cardiologist, Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group – All Saints. “Your doctor can not only recommend positive changes to improve health habits and offer resources to help, he or she can be an excellent source of encouragement.”

Need a Doctor? We Can Help!

If you haven’t had a recent exam by your physician, schedule one today. If you're looking for a physician, Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group has offices throughout southeast Wisconsin with experienced and compassionate physicians ready to see you. Find a clinic near you today!

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