Heart Health

Much of what we do involves the prevention or care of heart disease. 

Risk factors for heart disease include:

- smoking
- high blood pressure
- diabetes
- cholesterol disorders
- family history
- obesity
- stress
- sedentary lifestyle

If you are concerned about heart disease, please look to the American Heart Association's HeartHub for Patients.

      (click above)

In addition to a healthy lifestyle, some individuals may qualify for the use of a "statin" medication based on
their calculated 10 year risk of heart attack. 
The American Heart Association published guidelines in 2013 regarding statin use. They are highlighted below.

For the full AHA report, click HERE.

The new guideline recommends moderate- or high-intensity statin therapy for these four groups:

  • Patients who have cardiovascular disease;
  • Patients with an LDL, or “bad” cholesterol level of 190 mg/dL or higher;
  • Patients with Type 2 diabetes who are between 40 and 75 years of age; and
  • Patients with an estimated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 7.5 percent or higher who are between 40 and 75 years of age (the report provides formulas for calculating 10-year risk).