Their secret? Knowing your numbers and then treating them. Risk factors for heart disease include the following:
The older you are, the more likely you will have heart disease. In terms of gender, men will tend to have heart disease at an earlier age. Women will see their risk gradually increase after menopause (average age of menopause is age 51).
Cholesterol is a risk factor, but needs to be determined in the context of the above risk factors. An excellent heart risk calculator is the 10 year risk calculator. Punch in your numbers. (Patients who have diabetes or a previous history of heart disease don’t use this calculator because you should already be on cholesterol lowering medications called “statins”). The calculator is from data generated from the Framingham heart study, the nation’s longest heart study.
Need more? Here’s the secrets to preventing heart disease courtesy of Kaiser Permanente.