How Healthy Is Your Heart?
Thursday, May 23, 2013
At the Texas Heart Institute, we believe that a healthier heart is within everyoneís reach. But first, you must be willing to take a very close look at how healthy your heart is today. To help you, we have compiled some questions. Your answers to these questions will give you an idea about your heartís health.
About Risk Factors
These questions are not designed for children under the age of 18, but children may wish to pass along the information to their parents. The questions are based on the results of studies of 10 risk factors that can affect the typical personís heart. These factors are your personal health history, your familyís health history, how much you exercise, your weight (measured in body mass index), whether you smoke, your blood pressure, your total cholesterol, whether you have diabetes, your gender, and your age.
If you have read the Heart
Disease Risk Factors page on our website, you may be wondering why we
have not included diet, alcohol, stress, or race on this list. After all,
these factors can also affect your heart, and we talk about them in other
areas of our website. To make it easier, though, we have narrowed it down
to the 10 risk factors that will give you the quickest and best idea about
your heart health.
Please be aware that this information comes from studies of large groups
of people. Because you may be affected differently than someone else, the
information here is not meant to take the place of a visit to your doctor.
You will not be given a score. Instead, we are trying to show you how you
can improve your heartís health and begin leading a healthier lifestyle.
To discover how healthy your heart is, please answer the following questions.
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