Heart 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
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high LDL cholesterol
- Have diabetes
- Are overweight or obese
- Consume a poor diet
- Don’t exercise
- Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on your medications.
- Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt; low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Take a brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
- 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.