Our Preventive Cardiology Program works with you to evaluate and help lower your current or future risks for heart disease. Our goal is to improve your heart health and prevent future heart disease.
Studies show managing risk factors even for those who have heart disease can slow its progress. Our program also offers treatment of cardiovascular disease resulting from diabetes.
Learning How to Prevent Heart Disease in Worcester, MA
Using the latest technology, our team of experts provides patients with a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment. Patients are screened for all types of cardiovascular diseases, including blockages and clotting of the legs, neck, heart, and kidneys.
Heart Disease Prevention Plan
After the assessment, our team offers a detailed plan based on the results to improve your heart health. You will also receive information about how to prevent heart disease through diet and lifestyle changes.
How to Prevent Heart Disease Today
Learn your risk factors. Risk factors are things that make you more likely to have a disease or condition. You can’t do anything about some risk factors. But you can control others. Know what puts you at risk for heart disease. Learn what changes can help control your risk. Then start with one change that you think might be easiest for you.
Risk factors you can't control
- Family history - You have a father or a brother younger than age 55 or a mother or sister younger than age 65 who has had heart disease.
- Gender - You're a man.
- Age - You are age 65 or older.
- Race or ethnicity - Your background is African American, Mexican American, American Indian, native Hawaiian or Asian American.
Risk factors you can control
Learn what these risk factors are. Then find out how to lower your risk.
- Smoking - Do you smoke cigarettes or cigars, use e-cigarettes, chew tobacco, or dip snuff? Are you exposed to secondhand smoke on a regular basis?
- Your cholesterol level - Have you been told that your cholesterol levels or triglycerides are unhealthy? Is your good cholesterol (HDL) level low? Is your bad cholesterol (LDL) level high?
- Your blood pressure - Have you been told that your blood pressure is higher than it should be?
- Your blood sugar level - Have you been told that your blood sugar level is higher than it should be? Is your A1C 6.5% or higher?
- Your activity level - Are you inactive most of the time at work and at home? Do you go weeks without exercising or doing any physical activity?
- What you eat - Do you eat a lot of salty, fatty, fried or greasy foods? Do you eat mostly red meat? Do you drink lots of sodas and other sweet beverages? Do you often grab fast food or prepared meals on the go? Do you eat few or no fruits and vegetables?
- Your weight - Has your provider said that you are overweight or obese? Is your waist measurement 35 inches or more if you are a woman or 40 inches or more if you are a man?
- Alcohol consumption - Do you drink more than one drink a day if you are a woman or more than two drinks a day if you are a man?
- Your stress level - Do you often feel anxious, nervous, and stressed? Do you feel that you don't have support in your life?
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