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Are you at risk for heart disease? PDF Print E-mail

Approximately 630,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease, which can cause a heart attack.
Risk Factors
• Plaque build-up in arteries can cause the arteries to narrow over time and reduce blood flow to the heart.
• Lack of exercise
• Unhealthy diet
• Smoking
• High cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes also increase the risk for heart disease.
Signs and Symptoms
• Chest pain that doesn’t go away
• Pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulders
• Shortness of breath
• Pain or discomfort to the left jaw, neck or back
• Weakness, lightheadedness, nausea
Prevention is Key
Reduce the Risk
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Eat a healthy diet
• Don’t smoke
• Exercise regularly
Those with heart disease can lower their risk of complications with lifestyle changes like those listed above, and/or with medication prescribed by a doctor.