Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States – and it can happen at any age. According to the Center for Disease Control, about half of all Americans (47%) have at least 1 of 3 key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high choloestoral, and smoking. Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history. But you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control.
February is Heart Month – the perfect time to understand your risk for heart disease and what steps you can take to keep your heart healthy.
Don’t delay care
Delaying important heart care can lead to more serious health concerns down the road. Please remember, a heart attack is an emergency and the hospital is the safest place to receive care. Dial 911 if you or a loved one are experiencing any signs of a heart attack such as chest pain or discomfort; lightheadedness; nausea or vomiting; jaw, neck or back pain; discomfort or pain in the arm or shoulder; or shortness of breath.
To learn more about heart attack prevention and other ways to keep your heart healthy, visit heart.org/ascension.
To schedule an appointment with an Ascension Wisconsin cardiologist, call 414-298-7230