American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month! To spread awareness of American Heart Month, we are sharing information about heart attacks. 


What is a heart attack? 

A heart attack happens when the blood flow to the heart is cut off due to a blockage. The heart isn’t getting the oxygen that it needs in order to survive. This blockage is caused by a build up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances. Medical attention is needed for someone who is having a heart attack. 

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Warning Signs For a Heart Attack Include: 

  • Chest Discomfort
  • Discomfort in the Neck, Jaw, Back, or Stomach
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cold Sweats
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

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Risk Factors for a Heart Attach Include: 

  • Age – older people are more likely 
  • Sex – men are more likely 
  • Genetics
  • Race – African Americans are more likely 
  • Smoking 
  • High Blood Cholesterol 
    • High Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL, which is bad cholesterol) 
    • Low High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL, which is good cholesterol) 
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Low Physical Activity 
  • Being Overweight/Obese
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Higher Stress Level 
  • Higher Alcohol Consumption
  • Poor Diet and Nutrition

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How to Reduce Your Chances of Having a Heart Attack: 

  • Quit Smoking
  • Work With a Physician to Manage Your Personal Risk Factors
  • Have an Active Lifestyle
  • Have Good Nutrition

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Information courtesy of the American Heart Association. 

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