To help maintain a healthy heart and prevent heart events it is important to:
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.
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):
Other signs include:
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:
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.
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:
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.