Prevention of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women. Heart disease kills more women than all causes of cancer combined, and is actually more common in women than in men. In fact, one third of all deaths in women are due to cardiovascular disease. All of our patients are screened for risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Risk factors include having a family history of heart disease (female as well as male relatives); high blood pressure; elevated cholesterol; a sedentary lifestyle; smoking and excessive alcohol consumption; and being postmenopausal. We assist our patients in identifying their risk factors, and decreasing their impact through changes in lifestyle, including nutrition and exercise as well as smoking cessation.