Heart Health and Risk Factors
According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease is the single major cause of death in the United States. In fact, someone will die from a coronary event every minute, with over 50% of men and 64% of women having had no previous symptoms.
Statistics show that 90% of people with coronary heart disease have at least one major risk factor. At UH Samaritan Medical Center, we encourage you to recognize the major risk factors of heart disease and learn to live life to the healthiest, not just the fullest!
Risk Factors Include…
High blood cholesterol
Low daily fruit and vegetable intake
Lack of physical activity
If you have any of these risk factors, create a plan with your family physician to reach your heart health goals. Ask your physician to conduct a thorough assessment of your heart, and keep track of your progress. Be assertive, listen to your physician, and change your lifestyle for a healthy heart. Remember, you only have one body…one heart…so take care!
Knowledge is power…
It is imperative you seek medical attention immediately for a coronary event. Remember, time is muscle, and muscle is heart. If you experience any of the following symptoms, get help!
Classic symptoms of a heart attack
Chest pain, pressure or discomfort
Tightness in the chest
Shortness of breath
Pain or discomfort spreading to shoulders, neck or arm
Other important symptoms of a heart attack
Dizziness or nausea
Unexplained weakness or fatigue
Sense of impending doom
Samaritan’s Cardiopulmonary and Cardiovascular Services