Almost 80% of them could be avoided! The priority in terms of food? Fight against hypertension which stiffens the arteries, fight excess LDL cholesterol and diabetes which clog them. To find out if you are at risk, take the test.
Check the corresponding box if you are concerned:
You are over 55 (50 for a man).
One of your close family members (mother, father, sister, brother) had a cardiovascular accident before the age of 55.
Your blood pressure, measured at the doctor’s office, is> 14/9.
You practice less than 30 minutes of physical activity (including walking) per day.
You are sedentary (you spend most of your time sitting).
You are frequently stressed.
You are overweight (body mass index greater than 25).
Your waist size is greater than 80 cm (94 cm for a man).
You are diabetic.
Your LDL-cholesterol level is over 1.60 g per liter.
Your HDL-cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) level is
Your triglyceride level is over 1.5 g per liter.
• You have ticked a maximum of 1 box: your risk is low. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is enough to protect yourself.
• You have ticked 2 to 3 boxes: your risk is medium. Do not forget to carry out regular basic examinations (blood test, blood pressure measurement), take any medications that your doctor has prescribed. In the event of symptoms such as chest tightness, palpitations, fatigue or shortness of breath on exertion, the advice of a cardiologist is recommended.
• You have ticked at least 4 boxes: your risk is high. See your doctor regularly, carry out the prescribed examinations, take your medication well. If necessary, get help to quit smoking or rebalance your diet. If you have not yet had the opportunity, it is essential to see a cardiologist.
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Article published in the issue Femme Actuelle Hors-série Santé of October 2020