According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading global cause of death and the number one cause of death in the United States. There are several risk factors for heart disease. Non-modifiable risk factors include age, gender and family history. Modifiable risk factors include high cholesterol and blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, lack of physical activity and smoking. The modifiable risk factors can be managed by practicing the American Heart Association's "Life's Simple 7":
- Stop smoking
- Maintain a health weight
- Engage in regular physical activity
- Eat a healthy diet
- Manage blood pressure
- Take charge of cholesterol
- Keep blood sugar, or glucose, at healthy levels
If you have any of these risk factors, consider scheduling an appointment with a cardiologist to learn more about your risk for heart disease and how to manage it. Call 727.2727 to schedule an appointment today.
Heart attack symptoms can vary, depending on gender, age and medical history. Watch this video to learn more about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack for men, women, seniors and diabetic patients.
Is it a heart attack? Or just indigestion?
Knowing the difference could save your life. Studies show that the people who have symptoms of a heart attack often delay – or wait to seek treatment – for longer than seven hours. At the first signs of a heart attack, call for emergency treatment (911). Do not wait for your symptoms to “go away.” Early recognition and treatment of heart attack symptoms can reduce the risk of heart damage and allow treatment to be started immediately. Even if you’re not sure your symptoms are those of a heart attack, you should still be evaluated.
Learn more about signs and symptoms of heart attacks and heart disease from physicians at New Mexico Heart Institute. To schedule an appointment, call 727.2727 today.