Heart disease is a very serious condition. Heart disease can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, reduced oxygen to your body, stiffening of the heart muscle, nausea, dizziness, etc. If left untreated then heart disease can lead to a potentially fatal heart attack. There are some ways to learn your risks for heart disease.

Family History
Look into your family’s history. If you have relatives that died from heart disease then you are genetically more likely to develop heart disease. You also should look for conditions like diabetes, obesity, smoking, and alcoholism in your family. All of these conditions increase your risk for heart disease.

Inactivity
Americans spend more time sitting than ever before. We have more people working in offices. This time spent in cubicles means we are more stationary and inactive then previous generations. But, inactivity doesn’t stop at work. At home, we spend more time in front of screens. We spend hours watching TV, on the computer, on social media, or texting on our phones. Inactivity is one of the leading risks for heart disease.

Other Medical Conditions
There are multiple health conditions that put you at risk for heart disease. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and prediabetes, preeclampsia during pregnancy, being over age 55. While age is a factor, this does not mean that young people should not practice proper heart disease prevention. It simply means that it increases your risk for heart disease.

Poor Lifestyle Choices
As we move through our day, there are many choices that can affect our health. If you are a smoker then you are putting extra stress on your body. Heart disease is one of many health conditions that smoking puts you at risk for. Poor diet is also another potential factor. Proper lifestyle choices to help reduce the risks for heart disease include getting regular exercise, reduce weight, reduce alcohol intake, stay away from illegal drugs, also watch the over the counter dietary supplements you take some are loaded with caffeine. Too much caffeine can put stress on your heart.

Poor Medical Care
When we say “poor medical care”, we are not meaning seeing a poor doctor. We are talking about people that simply don’t seek proper medical care. There is a risky trend in the United States of only seeing a doctor when you are experiencing acute symptoms. Annual physicals are able to screen for disease, assess future risk, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and maintain a working relationship with your doctor.

If you see yourself in these risks for heart disease then don’t freak out. Stress adds to the risk of heart disease. You aren’t doomed. You simply need to take some action. Seek out a checkup from a primary care physician. If heart disease problems are suspected then they can refer you to a qualified cardiologist. If you live near us then our doctors at Heartcare PC would love to help you. We are dedicated to the health of all our patients. We practice primary care as well as cardiology. We are happy to answer questions at (914) 237-4720. We also would be happy to consult in person at any of our four locations at Westchester County, New York 955 Yonkers Ave. Suite #103 Yonkers, NY 10704, Bergen County, New Jersey.

You can contact us by phone at (914) 237-4720. You also can visit any of our four locations at

955 Yonkers Ave. Suite #103 Yonkers, NY 10704 Westchester County, New York
147 Cedar Lane Teaneck, NJ 07666 Bergen County, New Jersey
81 New Main Street, Haverstraw, NY 10927 Rockland County, New York