Keeping your heart healthy is key at any age and understanding the controlled heart risk factors can help you keep your heart healthy in the long run.
Here are 5 common heart health risk factors:
Heart health risks increase with a rise in cholesterol levels. It is ideal to aim for cholesterol levels less than 200 mg/dl, more than 40mg/dl for HDL (good cholesterol) and less than 130 mg/dl for LDL (bad cholesterol).
High Blood Pressure
Abnormally high blood pressure, also known as hypertension has become one of the most common heart health risk factors.1 Hypertension is when the upper number (systolic blood pressure) in the measurement reading is over 140 and the bottom number (diastolic) is over 90. 1High blood pressure can damage your heart in many ways including a heart failure, an enlarged heart, or coronary artery disease.
The connection of diabetes and heart health begins with high level of blood sugar. Over time, if the bloodstream has high amount of glucose, the arteries can become damaged. If diabetes is not controlled, it can cause heart damage including heart attacks. People with diabetes have a higher risk of suffering from congestive heart failure and coronary heart disease.1
Smokers are two times more likely to suffer from a heart attack than non-smokers.1 People who are constantly exposed to smoke are also at risk. Smoking can increases the likelihood of blood clots and increase blood pressure.
Strokes and heart attacks can occur if stress is not controlled. Research has shown that constant stress on the body is linked to changes in the way your blood clots, causing an increased risk to your heart. People tend to choose bad habits to relieve their stress including smoking, overeating, or being sedentary. These types of habits and can cause an increase in blood pressure and can even damage your artery walls.