Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Cardiovascular Disease Overview

February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day symbolized by Hearts, Roses and Cupids. Let’s show some love for our Hearts and learn about our risk for Cardiovascular Disease.


  • About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women
  • Every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack.

Risk Factors:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Key Signs and Symptoms:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach
  • Severe Headaches with no known cause
  • Confusion with difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Difficulty seeing with one or both eyes
  • Heart Burn type symptoms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, lightheartedness, or cold sweats.


  • Check your Blood Pressure
  • Get your Cholesterol check

Life style changes:

  • Eat heathy
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t smoke / Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol use

Be compliant and adherent to taking your prescribed medications for High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and any other chronic disease you are being treated for.

At SHF we have specialty clinics that screen and treat cardiovascular and metabolic diseases with the support of on Staff Nutritionists to customize your diet and exercise plan. Schedule an appointment with your SHF Doctor to address your Cardiovascular Disease Risk.