Your Hearts. Your Choice

Every 37 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases, America’s No. 1 killer. Since most of those deaths are from coronary heart disease-about 446,000 each year-it’s important to learn all you can about heart attacks. Don’t ignore heart problems. It’s a matter of life and death!

Every 37 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases, America’s No. 1 killer.  Since most of those deaths are from coronary heart disease-about 446,000 each year-it’s important to learn all you can about heart attacks.  Don’t ignore heart problems.  It’s a matter of life and death!
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot.  If this clot cuts off the blood flow completely the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die.

Here are some signs of a heart attack:

•    Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and come back.
•    Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
•    Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
•    Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
•    If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than 5 minutes before calling for help. Call 911…get to a hospital right away

REDUCING YOUR RISKS

•    Don’t smoke, and avoid other people’s tobacco smoke.
•    Lower your blood pressure if you need to. Treat high blood pressure if you have it.
•    Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and salt.
•    Exercise at least 30 minuets on most or all days of the week.
•    Keep your weight under control.
•    Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
•    Follow your doctors orders for taking medicine.

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