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Are You Heart Smart?

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.

More information about St. Mary's Heart Services

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