The best type of angina prevention is to become knowledgeable about the condition and to make smart health choices. Whether it's engaging in more physical activities, quitting smoking, or eating healthier, there are many different ways to engage in angina prevention. According to research, 82 percent of people can lower their risk for heart disease and angina by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Angina Prevention: An Introduction
There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is definitely the case with angina. As a largely preventable disease, a person can lower his or her risk for angina through knowledge and choices. Knowledge is gained through understanding angina and the risk factors for angina and heart disease; choices are defined as making good decisions to control heart disease and angina risk factors.
Regardless of your age, background, or health status, you can lower your risk for angina -- and it doesn't have to be complicated. Protecting your heart can be as simple as taking a brisk walk, whipping up a good vegetable soup, or getting the support you need to maintain a healthy weight.
The good news: Research shows that people can lower their risk for heart disease and angina enormously (by as much as 82 percent) simply by adopting sensible health habits. It's never too late to start protecting your heart health. A recent study shows that among people ages 70 to 90, leading a healthy lifestyle reduces the chances of dying from heart disease by nearly two-thirds.
Preventing Angina Begins With Knowledge
The main risk factor for angina is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease or just CAD), and the main cause of heart disease is the thickening and hardening of the inside walls of arteries. This is called atherosclerosis. Some hardening of the arteries occurs normally as you grow older, but certain risk factors can increase the rate at which atherosclerosis develops.
While certain risk factors for coronary heart disease cannot be changed, it is important to realize that you do have control over many others.
Heart disease and angina risk factors that you cannot control include:
- Family history of early heart disease and angina.
Risk factors for heart disease and angina that you can do something about include:
- High cholesterol, also known as hypercholesterolemia (see Cholesterol and Heart Disease)
- High blood pressure, also known as hypertension (see Effects of High Blood Pressure)
- Cigarette smoking (see Smoking and Heart Disease)
- Diabetes (see Diabetes and Heart Disease)
- Being overweight or obese (see BMI Calculator to find your healthy weight)
- Lack of physical activity.
The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance for developing heart disease and angina.
(Click Heart Disease Risk to find out your risk for heart disease in the next 10 years.)