Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease at UnityPoint Health - Meriter

Emergency Department

202 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

7 min Average

Reduce Your Risk

You can control or modify many of the risk factors that contribute toward developing heart disease. Reducing your risk factors can:

  • Reduce your symptoms
  • Reduce your chance of inflammation contributing to disease
  • Prevent progression of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce the need for additional treatment
  • Improve your day-to-day energy, your outlook and your ability to cope with stress
  • Help you achieve a longer, more productive life

Which risk factors apply to you?

Learn more about your risk factors and take action to change the ones you can.

  • Personal medical history of heart disease
  • Family history (father or brother had heart disease before age 55 or mother or sister had heart disease before 65)
  • Age and gender (man 45 years of age or older or woman 55 years of age or older)
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy lipid profile levels
  • Diabetes
  • Tobacco use (current user, or quit within the past year)
  • Physical inactivity
  • Unhealthy diet (a diet high in saturated and trans fat, and lacking fruits and vegetables)
  • Excess body weight
  • Alcohol consumption in excess (greater than 1 drink/day for women or greater than 2 drinks/day for men)
  • Stress