How to Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk
When most people think about the possibility of having heart attack, they worry about their cholesterol level, especially the “bad” LDL kind. But did you know there might be an even more important forecaster of heart attacks than cholesterol? That risk factor is C-reactive protein, or CRP, a protein in the blood that increases in response to inflammation in your body. The higher your level of CRP, the more you are at risk for heart disease, atherosclerosis, and stroke—even if your cholesterol level is normal.
“One of the most important blood tests you should ask your doctor about is the CRP,” says Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., president of Gaynor Wellness and clinical assistant professor of medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College. Luckily, there are several lifestyle steps you can take to reduce inflammation and lower your cardiac risk. Here are a few: