It’s February, the perfect time for Heart Health Awareness! Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds, and every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. dies from a heart related event. Taking care of your heart should be a priority, and being educated on facts and prevention can help you to avoid a life threatening event.
Heart Disease is a common term for the buildup of fatty deposits (plaque) in the arteries. Plaque grows within the walls of the coronary arteries until blood flow to the heart’s muscles is limited- this is called ischemia. This can cause heart failure, heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, sudden cardiac arrest and peripheral artery disease. If you begin to feel chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, cold sweats, palpitations, nausea or pain in your upper body (arms, back, neck, jaw, stomach), pay attention! These are warning signs that you should not ignore.
Here are the most common risk factors associated with heart disease: