Prevention remains the best medicine in the fight against heart disease. The Shore Medical Center Wellness Program offers a variety of education and outreach programs that teach individuals to reduce risk factors through lifestyle choices in diet, exercise, stress management and smoking cessation.
Know the Warning Signs
Although you can't change your age or a family history of premature heart disease, you can influence many of the risk factors for heart disease. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly reduces most, including hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. As always, smokers are urged strongly to kick the nicotine-and-tar habit. Shore's Tobacco Prevention and Treatment Program is available to help.
Are You at Risk?
Although nothing beats a full screening, self-assessment is often helpful. Take the free one-page Cardiac Risk Assessment Quiz.
Results from any assessment that indicate more than a 15-percent chance of a heart attack in the next 10 years should be addressed with your physician as soon as possible.