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Heart Disease & You

Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Take the heart health quiz from the American Heart Association to find out if your heart is healthy.

You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are: 

  • A woman age 55 or older
  • A man age 45 or older
  • Or a person with a family history of early heart disease

Heart disease can be prevented. To keep your heart healthy: 

Do You Know the Heart Attack Warning Signs?

While a heart attack is a frightening event, you need to learn the signs of a heart attack and what steps to take. The life you save could be your own!

Many people think a heart attack is sudden and intense, like a "movie" heart attack, where a person clutches his or her chest and falls over. The truth is that many heart attacks start slowly, as a mild pain or discomfort. If you feel such a symptom, you may not be sure what's wrong. Your symptoms may even come and go.

Even those who have had a heart attack may not recognize their symptoms, because the next attack can have entirely different ones. Women may not think they're at risk of having a heart attack–but they are. Learn more about women and heart attacks.

It's vital that everyone learn the warning signs of a heart attack.

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
  • Other symptoms may include:
    • Breaking out in a cold sweat
    • Nausea
    • Light-headedness

Learn the signs ... but also remember:
Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, you should still have it checked out. Fast action can save lives...maybe your own.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women. Determine your risk for developing CAD using this assessment tool.

What’s good for your heart is great for your taste buds! 

A brand new version of the popular Keep the Beat™ classic cookbook has a new look -- with 75 new deliciously healthy recipes. The focus is on heart healthy dinner entrees and side dishes, influenced by Asian, Latino, Mediterranean, and American cuisines. FREE download of the Keep the Beat™ family cookbook, or visit the website for more recipes and information.

™Keep the Beat is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Know Your Numbers

During a heart check up, your doctor takes a careful look at your "numbers," including your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, your blood pressure and more. Knowing your numbers is important for heart. To get a quick overview of numbers you need to know start here.

When you know a few key facts about your numbers, you'll be on your way to mapping out a heart-healthy lifestyle for you and your loved ones. The good news: Heart disease is a problem you can do something about.

Caring for your heart is worth the effort. Use this information to take charge of your heart health and take steps to improve your heart health and reduce your chances of developing heart disease.

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