Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

Why is it important to change lifestyle behaviors to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease?

Choosing to live a heart-healthy lifestyle is the best way to defend against cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

It is important to change lifestyle behaviors because by taking simple steps to make more heart-healthy choices, you can reduce all the controllable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke, according to the AHA.

The AHA recommends following the cardiovascular disease prevention ABCs:

  • Avoid tobacco – Though it might seem difficult, it is important that you quit smoking and encourage others in your household to do that same.
  • Become more active – Commit to being physically active every day. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.
  • Choose good nutrition – The type and amount of food you eat can affect risk factors within your control, including cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and weight

Other changes you can make to help prevent cardiovascular disease include:

  • Limit alcohol
  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Manage diabetes
  • Reduce high cholesterol
  • Reduce stress
  • Strive for a healthy weight

For more information about why it is important to make lifestyle changes to reduce cardiovascular disease risks, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group