Reduce your Risk for Heart Disease
Harvey M. Kramer
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" Factors of Risk" were first described in 1960 after 12 years of research by the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts. Prior to this, physicians did not really understand why middle age men (note the absence of concern for woman!) at the prime of their lives were having heart attacks and dying. While there are over 100 risk factors that contribute to the risk for premature heart attacks, the originally defined factors remain the key ones that you can focus on to decrease your risk for having a heart attack. Some are modifiable; others are not.
Cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus and obesity are things you can do something about. Male gender, age, and family history of premature heart disease are beyond alteration at this time. Find out what your particular risk is.
Want to reduce your risk for a heart attack? Don't smoke, or quit if you do, control your elevated blood pressure, treat your high cholesterol and diabetes, and lose weight. The benefit of addressing each risk factor is additive, and it is never too late to start!
About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premiere, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:
Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women's health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive and joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.