Assess Your Risk of Heart Attack

June 12, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog

Heart attacks are becoming so common that now every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers an attack! A heart attack is a temporary lack of oxygen to the heart muscle that is usually caused by a disruption in blood flow. As plaque builds up in arteries, blood clots can form and muscle damage or death can occur. To prevent this from happening to you or a loved one, it is important to use educational tools and stay engaged in your health.

Common warning signs for heart attacks vary. They can include pain in the chest or any upper extremity as well as difficulty breathing. Symptoms may differ between cases and especially between genders, so pay attention to what is abnormal for you. If you feel that you are experiencing anything unusual, do not hesitate to call 911. Fast action can save lives.

If you have had a heart attack in the past or are just looking to make positive changes for your future, there are many things you can do to keep your body and heart healthy. Quitting smoking will protect your heart and lungs while decreasing the risk of cancers. Physical activity gives the muscles in your heart exercise and can lower blood pressure. High levels of stress can also lead to heart disease which increases the risk of heart attacks. If you are an alcohol consumer this can affect you heart health, especially with a past of cardiac disease. Make sure to check recommendations to monitor your blood pressure and triglyceride counts.

To calculate your risks and to see where you can make improvements in the future, check out the link for the Heart Attack Risk Calculator. There is a series of questions about your health background and habits. With this information, the American Heart Association will predict how likely you are to suffer from a cardiac event.

Guest Blogger, Stephanie Patek

Stephanie is a well-being enthusiast with a mission is to help others pushHeadshot2017 past unhealthy obstacles. Serving as Manager of Wellness Operations for ease@work, a local Cleveland-based employee assistance program, she has surprising insight into how various organizations work and thrive. With a passion for presenting and spreading wellness knowledge, she is speaker, fitness coach, and consultant. With two little boys offering a challenge to her fitness regimen, she’s learned to creatively squeeze in a daily calorie burn. A native Pittsburger (oh no!), she has come to love Cleveland and call it hom


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