Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. You can be predisposed to heart disease based on your genetics (family history of heart disease) or your risk could be heightened due to an unhealthy weight and a sedentary lifestyle. It is important to remember that 9 out of 10 cases of heart disease can be prevented with just a few simple lifestyle changes such as healthy diet and moderate exercise a few times a week.
To help determine your risk level, start by determining your Body Mass Index (BMI). Maintaining good heart health requires a healthy body weight, usually expressed as a BMI of less than 28. If your BMI is greater than that, it's time to start reevaluating some of your food and lifestyle choices.
At Physicians East, we are here to help you navigate your heart health. Please consult with your doctor about getting an appropriate level of exercise based on your age and your health and any dietary advice you need assistance with.