High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. According to the CDC, about half of Americans (47 percent) have at lease one of these three risk factors.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease.
Heart Risk Assessment
Answer the following questions to better understand your risk for heart disease and if you should see a cardiologist to assess your heart health:
- Are you over the age of 50?
- Do you currently smoke or did you quit smoking within the past 6 months?
- Do you have an immediate family member (parent, sibling, or child) who has developed, or died from, heart disease before the age of 65 for a women, or 55 for a man?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you work out less than 3 to 4 times a week?
- Do you sit at your job?
- Has a blood test in recent years shown that you have high cholesterol (200 mg/dL or higher)?
- Have you been told you have high blood pressure or do you take medication for high blood pressure?
- Do you have diabetes or pre-diabetes (metabolic syndrome)?
- Would you describe the stress levels in your life as high?
- Do you drink more thank one drink a day or more than 5 drinks per week?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, schedule an appointment with a Beaumont cardiologist.
Women and Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death of African Americans, Hispanics and whites in the United States. Although heart disease is sometimes thought as a "man's disease," around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease.
Learn more about women and heart disease or schedule an appointment at the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center.