Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. Proper heart health requires we evaluate risk factors that may contribute to heart disease and participate in activities that lead to a healthier lifestyle – including proper exercise and nutrition, smoking cessation and techniques to lower stress.
The most important thing you can do for your heart is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Live tobacco-free, be physically active, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, and when appropriate, take preventive medicines as your physician recommends.
Also, be sure to get your recommended screening tests. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. Talk to your physician about which tests apply to you and when and how often you should be tested:
Know Your Numbers
During a heart check up, your doctor takes a careful look at your "numbers," including your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, your blood pressure and more. Knowing your numbers is an important part of keeping your heart-healthy. It can help you and your doctor know your risks and mark the progress you're making toward a healthier you.
To get a quick overview of numbers you need to know and the goals you need to reach, please click here.
Obesity: Have your body mass index (BMI) calculated to screen for obesity.
Lipid Profile e.g.: LDL, HDL-Cholesterol: Have your cholesterol checked regularly starting at age 35. If you are younger than 35, talk to your doctor about checking your cholesterol if you smoke, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you have heart disease in your family.
High Blood Pressure: Have your blood pressure checked at least every year. Goal for blood pressure should be 130/90 or less.
Blood Glucose: Have your blood glucose tested for diabetes or pre-diabetes, particularly if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, you are overweight, you suffered from gestational diabetes or if you have diabetes in your family.
Back on the Road to a Healthy Heart
Please talk to your physician about your level of risk. If you have, or are at risk for, heart disease or diabetes, Olympic Medical Heart Center will help you on your path to wellness.
Olympic Medical Heart Center’s cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to provide you with one-on-one guidance. We closely monitor your heart and lungs, and work with your physician to create reachable goals to improve your health. As a team, we counsel patients in developing a healthy fitness level and appropriate eating habits, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.
If your physician determines a visit to a specialist such as a cardiologist or pulmonologist is in order, please ask to be referred to one of our local specialists.