According to the Heart Foundation, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, affecting upwards of 787,000 people. Around 720,000 people in the country suffer a heart attack each year- and for many, it’s not their first. Every 34 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack, and every 60 seconds someone passes away from a heart disease-related incident.
Since the heart is the hardest-working muscle in our body, it’s vital that we keep it healthy and strong. While factors like family history, age and sex can have an effect on your heart health, adopting a healthy lifestyle as soon as possible can only help to improve it, now and in the future.
While there are many different types of heart problems related to heart disease that can require a variety of treatments, like stroke, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and heart attack, they do share similar warning signs. One of the typical warning signs of heart disease is angina, or pain in the chest that feels uncomfortable, or pressure, heaviness or burning feelings. Shortness of breath or palpitations are also common signs, along with weakness, dizziness or nausea.
Keep your heart healthy first and foremost by visiting your doctor, especially if you think you might be at risk for heart disease or are showing any of the symptoms above. Knowing your good and bad cholesterol levels, as well as you blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and weight can give you an idea of how much work you need to do to improve your heart function.
Help improve your heart health with these 5 tips:
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