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How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. While some risk factors are not controllable, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease in the future.

During American Heart Month, our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford want to offer you tips on how you can better take control of your heart health.

Am I at Risk for Heart Disease?

When it comes to heart disease, there are certain risk factors that could increase your chances of experiencing heart disease in the future. Some of them are what's known as uncontrollable risk factors for heart disease—including family history, age, race and ethnicity.

But while there are some risk factors you can't control, many risk factors for heart disease relate to our lifestyle habits, so you can take steps to change them.

Controllable Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Excess weight
  • Poor diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Excess stress

How Can Stress Put You at an Increased Risk for Heart Disease?

When your body is put under stress, it is constantly producing adrenaline. This stress hormone increases your blood pressure and heart rate and can also impact your breathing.

Dealing with excess stress—and not finding appropriate ways to manage it effectively—can also increase your risk of heart disease in other ways. When you're stressed, you are more likely to engage in unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as overeating, smoking and skipping your workouts.

Ways to Manage Stress

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Accept the things you cannot control in life.
  • Try relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga or tai chi.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

When was the last time you had your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chelmsfordtoday. No appointment is necessary!