A new Canadian study says women with coronary artery disease (CAD) who complete a 12-week rehabilitation program are two-thirds less likely to die than those not referred to a program. Even more interesting, women with CAD who complete rehabilitation programs reduce their chances of dying early significantly more than men with CAD who complete the same 12-week program.
It is important to keep your blood pressure under 140/90 mm Hg. Blood pressure higher than that is considered dangerous. Below is a list of high blood pressure risk factors. People with any of these risk factors should have their blood pressure checked every time they visit their doctor. For those who fall into several risk categories, experts recommend purchasing a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope and taking your own pressure reading every week.
- Cigarette smoking or being exposed to secondhand smoke on a daily basis
- Diabetes (a fasting glucose higher than 125 mg/dL)
- Kidney disease
- Family history of hypertension
- Being obese or overweight
- Leading a physically inactive, sedentary lifestyle
- Men over the age of 45
- Women over the age of 55
- Taking oral contraceptives
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Frequently consuming alcoholic beverages
- Being African American
Since it’s beginning in 1948, the Framingham Heart Study, under the direction of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), has been committed to identifying the common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD). They have followed CVD development over a long period of time in three generations of participants.
Here are the Coronary Heart Disease Predictors:
- JNC-V blood pressure categories
- NCEP total cholesterol categories
- LDL cholesterol categories
Click on the link below to calculate your risk of coronary heart disease.