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.
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.
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
Measuring your blood pressure is an important tool for tracking your health. If your blood pressure is too high, you're at risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious problems. When it's too low, you can have dizziness, fainting and other issues. But what is considered "normal" pressure?
When your heart beats, it pushes blood through your arteries. This creates pressure against the artery walls. If this pressure is too high, you have high blood pressure. It's a common disease. But if you don't manage it properly, it can cause health problems.
If your doctor says you have high blood pressure, you need to get it under control. It's important for your health. So take it seriously. Prepare to make some changes in your lifestyle. Medications may help, too. Here are some things that will make a difference.
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.
This is high blood pressure inside your pulmonary arteries. Those are the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your lungs. With this condition, your heart has to work harder to pump blood to your lungs. This is bad for your heart. It can cause serious health problems.
High Blood Cholesterol
If your doctor tells you your cholesterol is too high, you need to take steps to get it under control. It's important for your health. So take it seriously. You'll likely need to make some changes in your lifestyle. Here are some things that will make a difference.
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.