NashvilleHealth | Patients and Clinicians Unite Part One: the ABCs of Heart Disease

Patients and Clinicians Unite Part One: the ABCs of Heart Disease

Patients and Clinicians Unite Part One: the ABCs of Heart Disease

By: Tiffany Eatz, Roger Blumenthal, M.D., and Seth Martin, M.D.

They include: A for age, B for blood pressure, C for cholesterol and cigarette smoking, D for diabetes and E for (lack of) exercise.

Do you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.? Living in the technological era, we’re at a unique point when patients and clinicians can partner together to turn the tables on heart disease. In this two-part article, we’ll first briefly review the heart disease prevention must-knows and address the contentious topic of cholesterol management. In part two, we’ll discuss individualized approaches to treatment and offer suggestions about where patients can get reliable information on preventing heart disease. The power is ultimately in the patient’s hands. We strive to equip you with the latest, best information for heart disease prevention and good health.

Do You Know Your ABCs by Heart?

Our Ciccarone Center physicians and clinical staff members use an ABCs model for prevention – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has similar ABCs – as a simple and memorable way to teach our patients how to prevent heart disease. The Ciccarone ABCs of heart disease risk include A for age, B for blood pressure, C for cholesterol and cigarette smoking, D for diabetes and E for exercise (lack of). With each of these factors comes a heightened risk of developing heart disease that add together to increase your risk. Of course, we don’t live in “Back to the Future,” so we’re stuck with aging. But that doesn’t mean we can’t control what we do as we move through life.

Read the rest of the story on U.S. News & World Report.





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