Heart & Vascular

Heart Disease Prevention

Living a healthy lifestyle—or even a somewhat healthier lifestyle—can significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. By making even small changes to improve your health, such as losing 5-10% of your body weight if you are overweight, incorporating more physical activity into your day or quitting smoking, you'll lower the odds you'll develop heart disease.

There are some risk factors for heart disease that you cannot control, including:

  • Family medical history
  • Gender (men are at higher risk until a woman reaches menopause, at which point the risk is the same for both genders)
  • Age

Other heart disease risk factors are modifiable and can be changed. To help you be as healthy as you can be, Carilion offers information that can help you:

  • Quit smoking successfully
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Control your diabetes
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Change your inactive lifestyle
  • Help reduce stress and anxiety

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