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Preventing heart disease
The best way to fight heart disease is through prevention. NCH offers a wide range of lifestyle modification programs aimed at helping you take control of your health. These programs will give you valuable guidance on diet, weight control, quitting smoking and stress reduction. Additionally, NCH offers heart health educational seminars throughout the year that cover a wide variety of topics including heart attack symptoms, women's heart attack symptoms, heart valve disease symptoms and more.
Reduce your risk factors
To reduce your risk of heart disease or another heart attack, consider making the lifestyle changes that apply to you:
- Don't Smoke. For more information about Courage to Quit at NCH visit our Quit Smoking page
- Control high cholesterol
- Control high blood pressure
- Get plenty of exercise
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Control blood sugar
- Watch how much alcohol you drink
- Reduce the stress in your life
The impact of smoking to your heart health
According to the American Heart Association, a smoker's risk of developing coronary heart disease is two to four times greater than that of a nonsmoker. Smoking increases blood pressure and the likelihood for developing blood clots. In fact, being exposed to people who smoke can impact your health negatively. Each year, secondhand smoke causes an estimated 22,700 – 69,600 premature deaths from heart and blood vessel disease. Click here for more facts about the dangers of smoking and information about Courage to Quit® at NCH, a comprehensive tobacco treatment program for adults.