Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
This is a name we give to a group of conditions. Together, they raise your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Five conditions make up this syndrome. They are a large waistline, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, a high level of triglycerides (a type of fat found in your blood), and a low level of HDL cholesterol. That's the "good" cholesterol.
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
High Blood Cholesterol
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.
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.