Preventing Heart Disease

Know the risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, being physically inactive, age, and having a family history of early heart disease. While certain risk factors cannot be changed, it is important to realize that you do have control over many others. Regardless of your age, background, or health status, you can lower your risk of heart disease—and it doesn’t have to be complicated.

recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Risk Assessment Tool—American Heart Association
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High Cholesterol
High Triglycerides
Metabolic Syndrome
Risk Factors and Coronary Heart Disease
Healthy Eating
Healthy Eating in Children
Healthy Weight
Low-Dose Aspirin Therapy
Smoking Cessation
Stress Management
decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I take statins for high cholesterol?
Should I have surgery to treat obesity?
Should I use prescription medications to treat obesity?
action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Exercising for a healthy heart
Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home
Tips for following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Blood Glucose
Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator
Cholesterol & Triglycerides Tests
Electrocardiography (EKG, ECG)
Home Blood Pressure Test

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Dietetic Association
American Heart Association
Food and Nutrition Information Center
Interactive Heart Healthy Diet
MEDLINEplus—Heart Disease Prevention
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet
Weight-control Information Network

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Ataques al corazón - [Heart Attack]
Diabetes - [Diabetes]
La buena condición física - [Fitness]
Nivel elevado de colesterol - [High Cholesterol]
Nutrición - [Nutrition]
Presión alta - [High Blood Pressure]
Un peso saludable - [Healthy Weight]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015