A Healthy Heart Starts With Prevention 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Monday, 15 March 2010 

Cy-Fair Hospital wants to help you become heart healthy.  While you cannot change some risk factors for heart disease or stroke, there are many lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk and live a heart healthy lifestyle.

It All Starts with Prevention
“More often than not, patients do not think about their risk for heart attack or stroke until it is too late,” explains Chaitanya Shah, MD, cardiologist on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “They see a friend or a family member – or even themselves – receive a diagnosis of a heart condition or experience a cardiac event. But in many cases, there are preventative steps that can be taken.”

We cannot change our age, race, or family history, but we can control other factors that contribute to the development of heart disease of the years. Dr. Shah says, “Heart disease does not develop overnight. It is a gradual, lifelong process.”
- Eat a nutritious, healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Quit smoking and limit alcohol intake.
- Start exercising, with the consent of your physician.

Stay Informed on Your Current Health Condition
Talk to your doctor about your cholesterol level, blood pressure, and weight. Healthy, or desirable, ranges for cholesterol and blood pressure are:
- Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL  
- LDL level: less than 100 mg/dL
- HDL level: less than 40 mg/dL
- Blood pressure: less than 120/80 mmHg

Additional assessments can be done to help determine your risks including a stress test, EKG, and personal and family health history. Your doctor can tailor a treatment plan to fit your individual risks and medical needs. “By adopting a healthy lifestyle today you may avoid heart problems in the future,” adds Dr. Shah.

Assess Your Health
Cy-Fair Hospital has several easy online tools to help you learn more about heart disease and your risk factors. Just visit our Web site and check out these resources under “Health Resources” and then “Interactive Tools”

Calculators for:

  • Body Mass Index
  • Calorie Burn Rate
  • Cost of Smoking
  • Target Heart Rate

Health Risk Assessments including:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Stress Triggers

You also can test your healthy heart knowledge with a number of quizzes on topics like blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease prevention and more.

For more information on our cardiac services visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Heart or for a free complimentary referral to a physician who can assess your risk for heart attack and stroke, call 800-681-2733.