Are You at Risk?
The more risk factors a person has, the greater the risk for heart attack and stroke. There are some risk factors you can’t control, like age (risk increases with age), gender (men have a greater risk earlier in life) and heredity.
There are risk factors you CAN control which can drastically lower your chances of experiencing heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association has identified several factors that you can modify, treat or control to lower your risk.
- Smoking: Smokers' risk of developing coronary heart disease is 2-4 times that of nonsmokers.
- High Cholesterol: High levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol increase risk.
- High Blood Pressure
- Obesity: Obesity adds to additional health problems that increase risk, especially if a lot of fat is at the waistline.
It’s important to learn your risk of developing heart disease. Learn more about our low-cost Heart Score program, which includes a cholesterol check, EKG test and a private consultation to assess your overall risk.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
The signs and symptoms of a heart attack my be different than what you expect. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the list below so you are able to quickly respond if you or someone you love experiences symptoms. Early detection and treatment can save lives!
- Uncomfortable pressure or pain in the chest
- Pain in the shoulders, neck or arms
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
Women may also experience:
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, often without chest pain of any kind
- Unexplained anxiety, fatigue or weakness
- Cold sweat, palpitations or paleness
If you experience any of the symptoms above please call 911 immediately.