From Press Reports
Lowering your risk for heart disease starts with knowing your risk
factors, according to North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.
Give yourself one point for each risk factor:
• You smoke cigarettes.
• You have high blood pressure (140/90 or higher) OR you take blood
• You have low HDL (“good” cholesterol ~ less than 40 mg/dL).
• You have a family history of early heart disease (diagnosed in
father or brother before age 55; diagnosed in mother or sister before
• You are a man age 45 or older OR you are a woman age 55 or older.
• You don’t get regular physical activity.
• You are overweight or obese.
• You have diabetes.
The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk for heart
attack or stroke. Add up your risk factors and then speak with your
doctor about any concerns you may have.