Know Your Heart
Know Your Heart: Heart Health Awareness
To help people become more aware of their personal heart health, we are promoting awareness of how the heart works and what people of all ages and health levels must do to better manage their heart health.
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Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention
There are multiple risk factors for heart attack and stroke that everyone should be aware of. These include:
- Family history
- High blood pressure (140/90 and above is classified as hypertension, or high blood pressure)
- High cholesterol (240 mg/DL)
- Fat intake
- Previous stroke or heart attack
It is essential to be educated on what diseases run in your family, as well as the risks that come with your lifestyle choices. Many of the above risk factors can be monitored by lifestyle modifications such as weight loss and exercise. More extreme cases may require medications to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. A close-working relationship with your primary care physician is the best way to maintain control over your health!
Educate yourself on stroke and heart attack symptoms.
Heart Attack Symptoms
- Chest discomfort
- Pain/discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
- Other symptoms for women may include vomiting, fatigue, abdominal pain or unexplained anxiety.
- Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden trouble seeing, walking or dizziness
- Sudden unexplained severe headache
If you or anyone you know is experiencing heart attack or stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately.
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For more heart health information and prevention tips, visit the American Heart Association.