Signs That You’re At Risk For Heart Disease

p03dx6p7Heart disease is one of the leading killers of men and women in the United States.

Your physician or other health care professional is able to perform risk assessments to determine your risk for developing heart disease.

To determine whether your risk for developing heart disease is high, low or moderate you need to know your cholesterol levels including the HDL ratio. You need to know your blood pressure and whether or not your weight is within a healthy range. You must be aware of having type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. You need to be aware of any history of heart disease in your family, You already know that if you smoke your risk for heat problems increases.

You are in a high risk group if you have any known heart disease, are over the age of 65, have type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome, are inactive, smoke, have a history of heart disease in your family, have high cholesterol levels or a poor HDL ratio, or have high blood pressure.

You are in a low risk group if your weight is normal, your blood pressure is 120/80 or less, you do not have diabetes, your total cholesterol level is below 200 with a good HDL ratio and you have no family history of heart disease, you are physically active and a non-smoker.

All others are considered moderate risk.

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Some signs that may suggest heart problems include insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea when the sleep apnea may trigger an irregular heartbeat. Other signs which should not be ignored include a persistent cough, lack of appetite, indigestion and other gastrointestinal problems, shortness of breath, fluid accumulation in the body causing swelling, sweating without a reason, unexplained weakness and fatigue.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine if a symptom is from some other problem or if it is related to a problem with your heart. The higher your risk factors, the more likely you may be experiencing some problem connected with heart disease. Only a medical professional can make that final determination.