Understanding Risk Factors of Heart Disease
February 9, 2021 – In February, we are reminded that it is American Heart Month. So, what is the purpose of American Heart Month exactly? Many people understand it as “heart health” month when we are reminded to lead healthy lives to help improve and keep our heart healthy. Now, why should we be concerned about heart health? The #1 leading cause of death in America is heart disease. So many factors contribute to our overall heart health. During the month of February, we will be covering different topics to help you understand heart health and what it means for you.
Today we will be covering heart disease risk factors, what they are, and what we can do to improve our risk factor profile to be heart healthy!
Below is some information on risk factors derived from the American Heart Association. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/understand-your-risks-to-prevent-a-heart-attack
Major Non-modifiable (those we can NOT change) risk factors for heart disease include:
Increased age, male gender, and heredity
Major Modifiable (those we CAN change) risk factors for heart disease include:
High blood cholesterol
High blood pressure
Obesity and Overweight
Other contributing risk factors:
Diet and Nutrition – poor diet and nutrition can lead to high blood cholesterol and obesity and even cause stress!
Stress – stress can lead to a lack of desire to be more active and eat healthy and negatively affect high blood pressure.
Alcohol – excessive alcohol consumption can cause high blood pressure and cholesterol. Binge drinking can also lead a person to eat and sleep poorly which can lead to stress.
Many of these risk factors can affect each other. For instance, if you are a tobacco smoker, this can lead to high blood pressure, poorly managed diabetes can cause high blood pressure, and physical inactivity causes weight gain – to name a few. So, what can you do to help improve your risk factor profile? Maybe it is eating healthier or exercising more. Physical therapists are trained to understand cardiovascular fitness training and have a basic understanding of nutrition as well!
Physical therapists are equipped with tools to help YOU achieve your best cardiovascular health! Show your heart some love and schedule a visit with your therapists at Witte Physical Therapy today! Contact us at 402-234-3333 in Louisville, 402-298-4747 in Plattsmouth, or 402-654-2121 in Hooper! Stay tuned for more info on heart health!