If you’re over 20 years of age and an American, you have a one in four chance of dying of a heart attack.1 None of us want to believe we’re at risk. We’ve adopted a naive outlook toward our risk for heart disease that prevents us from adopting healthier, risk-lowering behaviors. As a result, we don't usually address heart health until after a heart attack. And that’s often too late.
At GuideStone®, we strive to educate and equip you with resources to prevent and handle whatever challenges may threaten your well-being. Prioritizing your physical health is important, so here are seven simple changes you can make to reduce your risk for heart disease.
Resources such as the American Heart Association (AHA) My Life Check website2 can help assess your risk for heart disease. Start by getting your heart health numbers — cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose — and learn what they mean. Then strive to get as close to “ideal” as you can.
“Ideal” may feel like an impossible dream, especially if some of your risks come from genetics instead of unhealthy behavior. But every step toward optimal health can lower your risk. Remember, small changes add up. Even small reductions in your risk levels can give you a longer, healthier life that’s free of disease.
With these preventive tips in mind, we hope it’s clear that we care about you and your family’s well-being. Check out our Wellness Hub for more heart health information, among other ways to improve your holistic wellness.