Approximately 25% of Americans will die as a result of heart disease, making it our country’s leading cause of death. While some people are born with a congenital heart disease or defect, many types of heart disease develop as a result of lifestyle factors and other diseases. If you are at risk of heart disease, it’s important to work with a doctor to stay healthy. Keep reading to learn if you are at risk.

Conditions that Increase Heart Disease Risk

The CDC reports that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are the most common conditions that lead to heart disease. All of these diseases affect the body’s ability to properly circulate blood. Medication is available to treat these conditions, but your doctor will need to diagnose you and monitor your symptoms.

Lifestyle Factors and Other Symptoms

A variety of lifestyle factors can also increase your risk of heart disease. Being overweight or obese, not getting enough exercise, and eating an unhealthy diet can increase your risk of developing the diseases mentioned above. Using tobacco products and/or drinking alcohol excessively can also increase your risk. Keeping a generally healthy lifestyle is the simplest way to keep your heart healthy.

Working With a Doctor

If you are at risk for heart disease, it’s important to seek medical help. Your doctor can evaluate your risk and recommend medications and lifestyle adjustments to improve your overall health. To make an appointment with a qualified, caring provider today, call the Internal Medicine Diagnostic Center at 281-252-8600.

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