American Heart Month

Windup heartAmerican Heart Month - February

Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease can be prevented and controlled. Find out your risk for heart disease and take action to lower it.

Know the Risk Factors

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • smoking
  • being overweight or obese
  • being physically inactive
  • age (55 or older for women)
  • family history

Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. Find out your risk. And take action to lower it right away.
Learn more ... (NHLBI)

Plan for Prevention

Signs of a Heart Attack

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can make a difference in surviving and living after having a heart attack. The five major symptoms of a heart attack are

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.

If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately.

Local Resources & Information

Creating Healthy Communities

 

Sources: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/lower-risk/risk-factors.htm; http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/