Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center

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Management of Risk Factors

In order to prevent heart disease, we must screen patients for certain risk factors, including:

Life-style Changes

Certain life-style changes can also slow the progression of heart disease, including: maintaining a healthy weight, being active, making healthy food choices and quitting smoking.

  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight

    If you have a lot of excess weight from body fat, you're more likely to develop heart disease. This is true even if you have no other risk factors. Excess body fat hurts your heart in the following by putting extra strain on your heart muscle, raising cholesterol and blood pressure and increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes. These resources can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight:

  • Get Active

    Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease. Many studies have confirmed that people who don't get regular exercise are more likely to develop heart disease. People in this group are also more likely to have other cardiac risk factors such as high blood pressure, excess weight, and diabetes. ALL exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Even small increases in daily activity can reduce your risk of heart problems. Make a plan today!

  • Make Healthy Food Choices

    It can be difficult to get your portions just right for a balanced, heart-healthy meal. Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables, a fourth of your plate whole grains, and a fourth of your plate lean sources of proteins. When we structure our plates this way, we ensure our meals are balanced and have variety. Here are some useful resources for more helpful tips:

  • Quit Smoking

    You already know that smoking damages your lungs and increases your chance of developing dangerous lung diseases. You might even have heard that smoking is bad for your skin and eyes. But did you know that smoking can also hurt your heart? It can speed the buildup of fatty plaque in your arteries and increase the strain on your heart and your risk of blood clots. The time to quit is now. Stay committed and be smoke free.

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