Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Learn what vascular disease is, the risks associated with it and the possible complications caused by atherosclerosis.
Learn how various lifestyle changes can help to lessen your vascular disease risk factors and improve your overall health.
Know about how your body uses and processes sugars and why avoiding sugar bursts is important to your long term health.
Avoiding tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to maintain your health. In fact, tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. Both smoking and regular exposure to other people's smoke increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you smoke, get help to quit. As soon as you stop smoking, your risk of heart disease and stroke starts to drop.
High Blood Pressure
Understand the importance of getting support from your healthcare provider and others while learning to manage your high blood pressure.
This video offers detailed instructions on how to measure your own blood pressure, including tips on timing, equipment, and approach.
Learn about a hospital program that is making a difference to combat high blood pressure in rural areas.
Learn the steps to take to receive an accurate blood pressure reading. A printable blood pressure tracker is provided.
High Blood Cholesterol
Understand the importance of making healthy choices from different food groups to help with managing your cholesterol.
Learn how regular physical activity and exercise is a significant part in managing your blood cholesterol.
Learn about working with your healthcare provider who will prescribe medication to help with controlling your cholesterol.
Learn about healthy ways to quit smoking to control your cholesterol and improve your overall health.
Millions of American adults have cholesterol levels higher than the recommended range. Managing your cholesterol is critical to good health. Learn the difference between good and bad cholesterol, the role of triglycerides and how exercise and diet make a difference. This program also discusses the importance of screenings and using medication to help control your cholesterol.
High cholesterol can sometimes be treated with a change in diet or increased exercise. In Part 3, find out what can make a difference.
Eating healthy foods, losing weight if you need to, and being physically active can reduce your cholesterol. Some people may also need to take medicine. Your doctor and nurses will help you set a plan for reducing your cholesterol and keeping yourself healthy!
High cholesterol, high blood pressure and being overweight are major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Understand that it's important to know your numbers, what you can do to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and how to manage your weight.
Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. The saturated and trans fats you eat may raise your blood cholesterol level. Having too much cholesterol in your blood may lead to increased risk for heart disease and stroke.