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 Heart Disease Risk Calculator, please click the link below:

AHA Cardiovascular Risk Calculator

(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.

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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).