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While in the past heart disease has been thought of as a male-oriented disease, it is crucial to know that heart disease is now the number one cause of death for American women. Factors such as poor diet, high stress, and a family history of heart disease can put you at high risk for heart disease. In addition, post-menopausal women can be at additional risk, due to reduced estrogen levels in their system.

What can reduce your risk

To reduce the risk of overall cardiovascular complications, women should maintain a well-rounded program that incorporates the following:

  • Nutrition to control and prevent high blood cholesterol and obesity
  • Exercise to control weight and reduce high blood pressure
  • Stop smoking

How the DMH Heart and Lung Institute can help

At DMH, we know that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for women in America. Our experienced staff is prepared and equipped to reduce your risk of heart disease. Using state-of-the-art technology, we can diagnose, treat, and most importantly help you prevent the onset of cardiovascular illness.

If you’re a women over 45, you may be at high risk for heart disease. Don’t wait another day to contact the DMH Heart and Lung Institute or your physician, and find out how you can beat the odds.

For more information call 217-876-2480.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

The risk of developing heart disease depends on several factors. While many are uncomfortable, many CAN be controlled by changing your lifestyle. Look at the following list of risk factors and see how many apply to you:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure, or it runs in my family
  • Stressful life, at home or at work
  • Not enough relaxation time
  • Diabetes, or it runs in my family
  • Regularly drinking more than 2 alcoholic drinks a day
  • Eating a lot of eggs, red meat, and fried or fatty foods
  • High cholesterol, or it runs in my family
  • Not enough fiber in my diet
  • More than 10 pounds overweight
  • Not exercising regularly

At the DMH Heart and Lung Institute, we are committed to providing the best possible care for the area’s residents. We combine an experienced staff of professionals with the latest technology and equipment, to deliver Macon County’s most comprehensive program.

From diagnostics and risk-factor reduction, to interventional procedures and heart surgery, to rehabilitation and community education, our services address every aspect of cardiac care.