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Heart Disease Prevention & Risk Factors

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Heart Disease Prevention & Risk Factors

Many risk factors contribute to your chance of developing heart disease. While some of these cannot be prevented, such as aging and family history, some are manageable.

Eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising, as well as getting any other health problems under control, can lower your risk.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

  • Being a man or a postmenopausal woman
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High alcohol intake
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • Poor oral health
  • Sleep apnea
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy diet high in salt and saturated fat
  • Unmanaged stress

At University Health, you will find San Antonio cardiologists who work together to treat conditions that contribute to heart problems. You won’t have to travel around the region to find the specialized or advanced care you need — we’re all in one place.

Preventing Heart Disease

You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet low in salt and saturated fat
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Adding 30 minutes of physical activity to your day

If you have other health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, keep them under control with the medications and lifestyle adjustments.

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