As an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, we make heart attack prevention a priority. The American Heart Association recommends that heart attack prevention begin by age 20. Many first-ever heart attacks or strokes are fatal or disabling — often causing congestive heart failure, so prevention is critical. The sooner you begin comprehensive risk reduction, the longer and stronger your heart will beat.
There are some risk factors that we are unable to control such as:
Making a few lifestyle changes can reduce risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke such as:
High cholesterol, high blood pressure and being too overweight also increase the risk of heart disease
A life without routine exercise is likely to be a shorter one. It has been shown that exercise reduces the risk of a person having a heart attack. Regular exercise aids in keeping weight down, increasing the good cholesterol and reducing stress.
Reduce stress: Stress is considered to be a contributing risk factor because of its affect on the heart. More research is needed to determine what the effect is.
Do you know what your risk for a heart attack is? If not, please take seven minutes to take this risk assessment.
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