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

Risk Assessment:

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)
  • Weight
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • 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
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack - Women

  • Discomfort, pressure, squeezing, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone
  • Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm
  • Fullness, indigestion or choking feeling
  • Sweating, nausea, vomiting or dizziness, heartburn
  • Extreme weakness, fatigue, anxiety, or shortness of breath, impending doom
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats

Women are somewhat more likely to have shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, unusual tiredness (sometimes for days), and pain in the back, shoulders, and jaw.

Why it is important to pay attention to how you are feeling:

  • Heart attacks can start slowly and cause only mild pain or discomfort.
  • Symptoms can be mild or more intense and sudden.
  • Symptoms also may come and go over several hours.
  • People who have high blood sugar (diabetes) may have no symptoms or very mild ones.
  • The most common symptom, in both men and women, is chest pain or discomfort.

Remember: being aware of early signs of a Heart Attack in yourself, and others, allows you to quickly get help.

Stroke Symptoms

  • 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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Watch our heart care videos to learn how your heart works and visit the American Heart Association for more heart health information and prevention tips.