February 2, 2018 is National Wear Red Day – Wear red to help raise awareness about heart disease!
What is heart disease? Heart disease refers to several types of conditions that affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which occurs when cholesterol-containing deposits (plaque) builds up in your arteries causing them to narrow, restricting blood flow to the heart. A complete blockage can cause a heart attack. Other forms of heart disease are heart failure, heart valve problems, atherosclerosis, and abnormal rhythm of the heart.
Symptoms of a heart attack: • Chest pain/discomfort that doesn’t go away • Pain in the jaw, neck, or back • Weakness, nausea • Pain in the arms/shoulder • Shortness of breath
The most common heart attack symptom in both men and women is chest pain, which is often confused to be acid reflux. Women are more likely to experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, and/or back or jaw pain. Women may also feel like they have the flu. If you experience any of these symptoms, act immediately by calling 911.
Risk Factors There are risk factors that you cannot control, such as family history. However, there are many factors that you can manage/treat with the help of your healthcare provider, such as making healthy lifestyle choices. Here are a list of risk factors to help you navigate what you can do to prevent heart disease:
Can Be Managed Cannot Be Controlled • High blood pressure • Age • Smoking • Gender • High cholesterol • Family history • Lack of exercise • Race • Obesity/overweight • History of stroke or heart attack • Diabetes
Smoking plays a significant role in your risk of heart disease. Even if you have all the other risk factors listed above, being a non-smoker still lessens your risk of a heart attack. If you are a smoker, please see your doctor about options to help you quit smoking. Making healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce your chances of developing this disease. Maintaining a heart-healthy diet, quit smoking, weight loss, and exercise are ways to take action towards better health.
Did you know? Heart disease is the #1 cause of death of both men and women in the United States. While this disease affects both genders, it is more prevalent in women; being the cause of death for 1 in 3 women each year.
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