Skip to main content
Text:   Larger - Smaller  | Translate
Menu

Heart Health

About

To help maintain a healthy heart and prevent heart events it is important to:

  • Know your numbers
  • Manage stress
  • Get to a healthy weight
  • Engage in physical activity
  • Adopt a heart-healthy eating plan

Know Your Numbers

To take control of your health, you need to know and understand your numbers. These tests are conducted at most preventative care yearly exams: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index and waist circumference. Understanding what the numbers mean can help you understand your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

bloodpressure

cholesterol

bloodsugar

bmi

waist

Heart Events

Stroke

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. If you think you are having a stroke, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke signs (spell F-A-S-T):
fast
Other signs include:

  • Severe headache & confusion
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Loss of balance
  • Vision changes
  • Loss of movement in face or limbs, especially on one side

Heart Attack

A heart attack happens when the heart’s blood is suddenly cut off. If you think you are having a heart attack, you should call 9-1-1 immediately. 

Heart attack signs:

  • Sudden dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Cold sweat
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Heartburn-like feeling
  • Discomfort or tingling in arms, back, neck, shoulder or jaw

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is a narrowing of the coronary arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. If you think you have CAD you should talk to your provider about lifestyle changes and treatment options.

CAD signs:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting

Heart Failure

Heart failure occurs when your heart is weakened and does not pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. If you think you have heart failure, talk to your provider about lifestyle changes and treatment options. 

Heart failure signs:

  • Extreme tiredness/fatigue
  • Fast weight gain
  • Weakness
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen and neck
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath

DASH Eating Plan

Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension, most often referred to as the DASH eating plan, is a heart healthy eating plan that helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and lowers the risk of many other chronic conditions.

dash