Disease Management

Lifestyle Changes

Man RunningEveryone with CHD needs to make some lifestyle changes:

  • Eat a healthy diet to prevent or reduce high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, and maintain a healthy weight.
  • If you smoke, quit-there are many programs to help with smoking cessation and many are available on-line as well.
  • Exercise as directed by your doctor.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.
  • Reduce stress.

For some people, these changes may be the only treatment needed.

People with chronic illnesses must adjust to the demands of the illness itself, as well as to the treatments for their condition. A chronic illness is an illness that lasts for a very long time and usually can be controlled through diet, exercise, and certain medicines.

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