Know These Heart Health Basics

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Know your risksHeart disease kills more men and women in the U.S. than any other disease. Every 34 seconds, someone in this country has a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association.

You may be at risk if you:

  • Are a senior
  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Smoke
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high LDL cholesterol
  • Have diabetes
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Consume a poor diet
  • Don’t exercise

 

  1. Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on your medications.
  2. Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt; low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3. Take a brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
  4. Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible. Visit www.cdc.gov/tobacco and www.smokefree.gov for tips on quitting.
Know the signs and symptoms of heart attack:
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats

 

All chest pain should be checked by a doctor. If you feel you or someone else is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.

SOURCE: www.heart.org