According to the American Heart Association, every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or other form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). More than one in three women is living with CVD. It's important for both men AND women to know the signs and symptoms associated with heart attacks, and to know how to take care of our hearts.
Heart Disease Risk Factors
While you can’t change things like age and family history, you can make modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk of heart disease.
Heart Attack Symptoms
- High cholesterol and high blood pressure – Know your numbers and how to manage them if needed.
- Smoking – Take steps to kick the habit and get the support you need to quit for good.
- Diabetes – Learn the symptoms, and if you have diabetes, work with your doctor to create a treatment plan.
- Weight and Exercise – Know your BMI, aim for 30 minutes of daily exercise and establish better eating habits.
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes 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 lightheadedness.