Lowering Heart Risk Factors Begins With Lifestyle

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 03/25/2014

Any approach to lowering your heart risk factors must begin with lifestyle. I am going to put the ball in your court: Can you reduce LDL cholesterol levels, lower your blood pressure levels, lose weight, walk more, dance more, love more, reduce stress?

You can do this with a Mediterranean diet, exercise, emotional release, stress management, vitamins and minerals, touch therapy, phytonutrients, and L-arginine. If you have heart disease, it is essential that you incorporate as many of these complementary methods as possible to protect the integrity of your blood vessels.

I challenge my patients, as I’m challenging you now, to become proactive. I’m saying to you, let’s walk with one another and make strides together. I’m going to give you more control over your health. But you must realize that all of the advice, medicine and technology in the world won’t help you if you continue to violate your system or be pessimistic or habitually angry.

If you have a family history of heart disease and abuse your body, you have a greater risk of heart attack and stroke. If you have no family history and abuse your body, you still increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, unless you are one of the fortunate few born with genetically high good cholesterol levels.

Sadly, some of my patients continue to live an unhealthy lifestyle despite the inevitable consequences. Others still need some outside help to control their symptoms.

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