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What is your heart disease risk?

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Wear red on Friday, Feb. 1, National Wear Red Day®, to show your support for the fight against heart disease in women.

Many people are surprised to learn that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the United States.

If you are not aware of your risk for heart disease, it’s wise to do an evaluation. The American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month, so why not do it now?

Your health care provider can help you answer the following questions and gather the information you need to use an online calculator that can help determine if you are at risk of a heart attack. 

Questions to ask your doctor:

  1. What is my blood pressure? You may consider purchasing a blood pressure machine to monitor yourself. But to ensure your readings are accurate, obtain a blood pressure reading from your doctor’s office first.
  2. What are my cholesterol levels? In addition to your LDL and HDL numbers, ask about your triglycerides, which are usually measured at the same time. It’s important to understand what these numbers mean and what you can do if they are not within the normal range; ask your doctor.
  3. What is my body mass index (BMI)? Physicians can determine your BMI, but you can also use online BMI calculators. Please review our previous post on BMI.
  4. Do I have diabetes, and what is my blood sugar level?
  5. What do I need to do to protect my heart, and how much physical activity is necessary?
  6. Are my dietary habits heart healthy?

To determine your risk of developing heart disease, the online heart risk calculator is a good start. In addition, the providers at Oak Street Medical are here to help you learn more about heart disease.

Friday, Feb. 1 is National Wear Red Day® We encourage you to know the signs of a heart attack and learn how to lower your risk of disease. To learn more, see our previous post on heart disease awareness, and visit the American Heart Association for more resources.

National Wear Red Day® is a registered trademark of HHS and AHA.

An energetic problem solver, Dr. Kraig Jacobson has spent his career treating patients and teaching about the complexities of allergy, asthma and immunology. He has practiced medicine in Eugene since 1979. The bigger the challenge, the more he enjoys his work.