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Reduce Your Risk

Assess the health of your heart

Heart & Vascular

We're there for you with every beat of your heart.

Meriter Wisconsin Heart

2601 W. Beltline Hwy., Suite 200
Madison, WI 53713
608.417.2100

Meriter Heart & Vascular Hospital
202 S. Park Street, 10 & 11 Tower
Madison, WI 53715
608.417.6259

Emergency Care:
If you believe you are in need of immediate emergency care, dial 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency department. Meriter’s Emergency Department is located at 202 S. Park Street in Madison.

You can control or modify many of the risk factors that contribute toward developing heart disease. Reducing your risk factors can:

  • Reduce your symptoms
  • Reduce your chance of inflammation contributing to disease
  • Prevent progression of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce the need for additional treatment
  • Improve your day-to-day energy, your outlook and your ability to cope with stress
  • Help you achieve a longer, more productive life
     

Which risk factors apply to you?

Learn more about your risk factors and take action to change the ones you can.

  • Personal medical history of heart disease
  • Family history (father or brother had heart disease before age 55 or mother or sister had heart disease before 65)
  • Age and gender (man 45 years of age or older or woman 55 years of age or older)
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy lipid profile levels
  • Diabetes
  • Tobacco use (current user, or quit within the past year)
  • Physical inactivity
  • Unhealthy diet (a diet high in saturated and trans fat, and lacking fruits and vegetables)
  • Excess body weight
  • Alcohol consumption in excess (greater than1 drink/day for women or greater than 2 drinks/day for men)
  • Stress