Knowing Your Risk for Cardiac Arrest
The first step in preventing a heart attack is knowing your risk. Factors such as age, gender, race, and family history cannot be changed, but there are plenty of ways to control your risk and live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Read on to learn more about how you can address the major risk factors of cardiac arrest with a heart specialist in Las Vegas.
Controllable Risk Factors
Several major risk factors can be modified to treat or control your heart attack risk. Diet and regular exercise are some of the most effective methods of controlling your risk for heart complications. A heart-healthy diet should generally limit sugars, sodium, saturated and trans fats, and LDL cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats can help control cholesterol, but portion control is essential. Exercise guidelines from the CDC recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity) and two days of muscle-strengthening activities every week.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
There is no way to prevent uncontrollable risk factors, but they can provide useful information for developing a customized preventative treatment plan to lower your other risks for heart disease. Age is a major risk factor of heart disease; approximately 82 percent of people who die from heart disease are over 65. Men tend to have heart attacks earlier in life, though heart disease is a leading cause of death an American men and women. People of African American, Mexican American, and American Indian descent have a higher risk of heart disease. Family history also plays a major role in individual risk.
Only a specialist can assess your medical history and assess your individual risk of heart disease. MountainView Hospital is a leading heart care facility in Las Vegas , and our team of specialists can provide compassionate and personalized care to all of our patients. Take advantage of our H2U and other online resources for the latest heart health updates, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (702) 233-5474 with any questions.