Heart Disease

 Risk factors for heart disease:
Those that cannot be changed
  • Family history
  • Male gender
  • Post menopause
  • Increasing age
Those that can be changed or managed:
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Untreated high blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol and blood triglycerides
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Being overweight
  • Stress level
  • Alcohol use
Warning signs of a heart attack:
  • Chest pain -- such as tightness, heaviness, pressure, burning, or squeezing
  • Radiation of chest pain to arms, neck, back, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Paleness, sweating, or weakness
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or indigestion
  • Feeling of extreme anxiety, fear or denial

If you experience any warning signs, get help immediately.

Women often experience "softer" symptoms which may come and go, including:
  • Vague chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion-like sensations
  • Unexplained/unusual fatigue
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Be physically active
  • Live smoke-free
  • Have a healthy weight

Act immediately. Chances of surviving a heart attack are greatest if the symptoms are treated within the first two to three hours of their onset.

Learn CPR. Most heart attacks occur in the home so learning CPR could save the life of someone you know.

Healthy everyday living can help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

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