Heart disease prevention is something we can all do; however, some factors may be outside our control. Preventable actions include eating a heart-healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Two diets recommended are the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (STOP) and a Mediterranean diet. In some studies, it has been found that heart disease is hereditary.

Regardless of your medical and family history, you should keep your A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol in check. Additionally, engage in a physically active lifestyle, maintain healthy body weight and don’t smoke. Lastly, talk to your doctor about taking an aspirin every day.

If you want to be more proactive in your preventive measures, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians who can help you put together an individualized plan.

Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin in Appleton, Wisconsin