Heart Health

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


A Healthy Heart for Life

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A healthy heart for life

The chances are very likely that you or someone you love will be affected by heart disease at some point in your life. Know the lifestyle habits that help you maintain a strong heart, prevent heart disease, and live well even after suffering a heart attack.

Our heart is a powerful organ that constantly works, never pausing to rest. The heart functions as a pump to supply blood and oxygen to all parts of the body through a system of blood vessels. It typically beats – or expands and contracts – about 100,000 times a day. Having a healthy heart gives us more energy, helps our organs function better, keeps our bodies stronger, and ultimately helps us live longer. The better care we take of our heart, the more physically and emotionally happy we will be now and in the future.