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Coronary Artery Disease

If you or someone you know are living with heart disease, healthy life choices and working with a health care provider can go a long way toward lowering your risk for complications.

Healthy habits, such as being active, eating better, and monitoring and keeping control of your blood pressure can help reduce complications and improve outcomes.

Work with Your Provider

If you have heart disease, you need routine medical visits with your health care provider to stay healthy and catch any problems early.

Keeping Blood Pressure Under Control

High blood pressure often has no warning signs, so it’s vital to get it checked often. Your provider can help you set the right blood pressure goals and help watch your progress.

Take Your Medication As Directed

Your provider may give you medications for your heart disease.  It is important to take all medications as directed by your provider. Some prescriptions can cause unwanted side effects. Talk to your provider regularly for help managing any side effects.

Set the Right Goals

Everyone is different, so work together with your provider to make the life changes that are needed. Focus on success and take it one day at a time.

Staying Heart Healthy Starts at Home

  1. Eat Healthy
    Eat foods like low-fat dairy, fish, beans, veggies, and whole grains like brown rice. Skip red meat, bad fats like butter or oil, and any sugary foods or drinks. Limit salt intake and try to limit beer, wine or any other alcohol to 1-2 drinks a day.
  2. Be Active
    Exercise can help lower the risk of many heart disease complications. Talk to your provider about what is the right level of exercise for you.
  3. Lose Weight
    Keeping weight down or losing weight can lower your risk of heart disease. A good goal is to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 19 and 25. Your provider can help you set the right BMI goal.
  4. Quit Smoking
    Smoking increases the risk of complications from heart disease. If you smoke, talk to your provider about getting support for quitting.
  5. Relax
    Too much stress can cause heart problems. Meditation, exercise, or a good night’s sleep can help you cope with problems and are healthy ways to lower stress.

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