Risks You Can Control

Lowering "Bad" Cholesterol:
Cholesterol is a fat like substance in the blood. There are two kinds of cholesterol: LDL ("bad") and HDL ("good"). Lowering "bad" cholesterol decreases your risk for heart disease. HDL cholesterol helps clear LDL cholesterol from the blood of arteries. Your health care team will test your cholesterol levels. You will then learn what levels are healthy for you.

Lowering Blood Presure:
High blood pressure causes blood to press to hard against artery walls.This wears down the lining of the walls. And plaque may build up in them. By controlling  your blood pressure, youcan limit your chances of plaque buildup and decrease your risk of a heart attack.

Controlling Blood Sugar:
Blood sugar levels that are high may increase damage to the arteries. By controlling your damage to the your blood sugar you can help lower LDL cholesterol and other fatty substances. Also plaque may br less likely to build up in the walls of the arteries.

Losing Excess Weight:
Excess weight makes it harder for your body to use insulin. It also makes your heart work harder. Losing even a few pounds may help you control your blood sugar. It can also reduce your risk for heart disease or a heart attack.

Quitting Smoking:
Smoking damages the lining of your arteries. This allows plaque to build up in the artery walls and narrow the arteries. Smoking also constricts the arteries. This can raise blood pressure and reduce blood flow to the heart. If you smoke, quitting could save your life.