Did you know that one out of every four deaths in the United States is due to cardiovascular disease, making heart disease, and stroke the first and fourth leading causes of death in the U.S.? More than 2 million Americans suffer from heart attacks and strokes each year leaving millions disabled and a decreased quality of life.
Cardiovascular disease includes all diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels, heart attacks and strokes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and aortic aneurysms.
Information provided by The CDC and The American Heart Association
Key Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Diseases:
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol
- Have diabetes
- Are overweight
- Have a poor diet
- Are not physically active
- Consume excessive amounts of alcohol
…you could be at risk for heart disease.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack:
A heart attack occurs when blood supply to the heart is cut off and the cells in the heart muscle do not receive enough oxygen. As more time passes, more damage is done to the heart.
What to be aware of:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (arms, back, jaw, or upper stomach)
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat