Healthy Heart

Heart disease describes a variety of disorders and conditions that affect the heart. It’s the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, but it can be prevented.

How to prevent heart disease

You can reduce your risk for heart disease through lifestyle choices and taking the steps below:

  • Manage your cholesterol and blood pressure levels
  • Get tested and manage your diabetes
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid smoking 
  • Drink responsibly
  • Keep stress under control

Although heart disease is preventable through modifying lifestyle factors above, some risk factors are beyond your control, such as:

  • Age: Your risk increases the older you get.
  • Family history: If you have a male relative with heart disease before the age of 55, or a female relative with heart disease before the age of 65, you may have an increased risk. The more knowledge you have about your family’s medical history, the better.
  • Ethnicity: African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, native Hawaiians and South Asian Americans have an increased risk of heart disease.

However, you can significantly lower your risk of heart disease by managing or reducing the risk factors you can control through healthy lifestyle changes. Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center is committed to improving your health by helping you take steps to prevent heart disease before problems arise.

Learn more about how Ohio State is leading the way in heart and vascular treatment, and helping patients survive. 

Healthy heart tips

What Is Heart Disease?

Tom Ryan, MD, director of Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center, explains what heart disease is, what the common signs and symptoms are of heart disease and when to seek care with a physician.

Preventing Heart Disease

There are several things that can help prevent heart disease or keep a cardiovascular condition from worsening.

How can you prevent heart disease?

Thomas Ryan, MD, director of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Heart and Vascular Center, explains the key lifestyle factors that are important in the prevention of heart disease.

Should I Take a Daily Dose of Aspirin

Taking daily aspirin is beneficial for patients who have been diagnosed with a blockage in their artery. However, it is not recommended for healthy individuals with no blockage, as the potential side effects outweigh the benefits, says Talal Attar, MD, FACC, an interventional cardiologist at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

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