St. Mary's encourages you to know how controllable
risk factors affect your risk of heart disease
Join a growing group of individuals and pledge to “Be Heart Smart” by living a heart healthy lifestyle, knowing your numbers and choosing to act if you or someone you are with experiences signs of a heart attack.
Do you know your numbers?
Have you spoken with your doctor about your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, lipids and body mass index? Are you living a heart healthy lifestyle? Do you know how these controllable risk factors affect your risk of heart disease?
Have you taken a Heart Risk Assessment recently?
Discover your ten-year risk of heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease…and learn choices you can make to improve your heart health.
Be Heart Smart - take your online Heart Risk Assessment.
Do you know the signs of a heart attack?
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms,the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort, but it can occur without chest discomfort.
- Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
Did you also know:
- Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women.
- Treatments can stop a heart attack. Every minute counts.
- Clot-busting drugs and other artery-opening treatments work best to stop a heart attack if given within 1 hour at the start of symptoms. It’s normal to feel uncertain.
- Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But, most of them start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Each heart attack can have different signs.
- You may question if you are having a heart attack.
- When in doubt, check it out.
- If you or someone with you has one or more of these symptoms,call 9-1-1.
Be Heart Smart. Know the Facts. Choose to Act.
- Learn the warning signs and share them with your friends and family.
- Talk with your doctor about risk factors that increase your risk of having a heart attack and learn how you can reduce those risks.
- Don’t wait more than 5 minutes at most to call 9-1-1 if you experience these signs.
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