Heart Health Matters

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Preventing heart disease is within reach and our experts are ready to help you take simple steps toward a heart healthy life.

Your Heart Health Matters

Our experts are ready to help you determine if you are at risk of heart disease. Take a few minutes to assess your cardiovascular health, and discover simple steps to help lower your risk. Let’s take steps together toward a longer, happier life for you.
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Heart Disease Modifiable Risk Factors

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Learn about the modifiable risk factors for heart disease and discover simple steps you can take to reduce your risk and take control of your heart health.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (systolic pressure of 130 or higher, or a diastolic pressure of 80 or higher) is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke because it damages the lining of the arteries.

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High Cholesterol

High LDL cholesterol can double a person’s risk of heart disease because it can build up in the walls of arteries and limit blood flow to a person’s heart, brain, and other organs.


Adults with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke as people who do not have diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar from diabetes can damage blood vessels in the heart.



Compared to those at a normal weight, people who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke.

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Physical Inactivity

Physical inactivity can also lead to heart disease—even for people who have no other risk factors.



A healthy diet can reduce a person’s chances of getting heart disease.


Smoking is a major risk factor and causes 1 in every 4 deaths from heart disease and stroke.

Find a Primary Care Provider

Having someone to guide you through healthy lifestyle changes can make those changes easier. Reach out to one of our primary care providers today.

Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease

  • Know your cholesterol & blood pressure levels - and control them

    High blood pressure and high cholesterol often do not have any symptoms – making a routine check by a health care provider even more important. If high levels are detected, people can improve their blood pressure and cholesterol by eating a healthy diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking medicines as recommended. It’s important to work with your primary care provider to develop a plan to maintain healthy levels.

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  • Maintain a healthy weight

    A healthy weight can reduce your risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Read these articles to discover ideas for weight loss and weight management.

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  • Quit smoking

    According to the Surgeon General, quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking.

    Learn about our smoking cessation program
  • Manage Stress Levels

    Stress may seem like something that only affects a person’s mental health. But it can affect your heart as well. Managing your stress levels is an important step in reducing your risk of heart disease. Stress management behaviors and techniques such as meditation, journaling, listening to music, and getting outside are all impactful ways to better your mental and physical wellbeing.

    Managing Stress and Heart Health
  • Choose healthy foods & drinks

    A healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy sources of proteins, along with limiting saturated and trans fat, added sugars, and sodium can reduce your risk of heart disease. Limiting alcohol and sugary drinks also play a role in reducing your risk. It’s recommended that men drink no more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day, while women drink no more than one alcoholic drink per day.

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  • Get regular physical activity

    Engaging in as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can have wonderful health benefits. Exercise helps to control weight and reduce the risk of health conditions that may put a strain on the heart, such as high blood pressure or obesity. Simple activities like walking the dog, taking the stairs, cleaning the house, or an at-home-yoga video all help to get you moving and reduce your risk of heart disease.

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  • Manage diabetes

    Following a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting active, and managing your blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress levels are all lifestyle changes that can help manage your diabetes and reduce your risk of heart disease. Working with a specialist to manage diabetes can further help avoid health complications, allowing you to live a longer and happier life.

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Joe's Story

When heart care is needed, the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is equipped with the region's most advanced treatment options and expert providers. After a massive heart attack, Joe was in a coma for two weeks.

Soon after, he was transferred to the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, where his care team provided CCM Therapy—restoring Joe's quality of life and allowing him to continue doing the things he loves. As the only place in upstate New York that offers CCM Therapy, we are proud to help save lives and make every day differences for patients like Joe!

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By combining highly personalized heart care with a vast network of board-certified clinicians, the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute offers the very best in cardiovascular health care in Western New York and the Finger Lakes region.
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