HealthMart 2009

Decreasing Your Risk for Heart Attack

By Annie Stuart


Are you at risk for coronary heart disease? Thatís when the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to your heart narrow, putting your heart at great risk. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of having a heart attack.

First for the risk factors you canít do a thing about:

Your risk for heart disease increases with age. Three out of four people who die from coronary heart disease are at least 65 years old. Men are also at greater risk, but the odds get worse for women as they age. In fact, older women are more likely than older men to die of a heart attack within a few weeks. Heredity and race also play a role. African-Americans, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans, for example, are at greater risk than Caucasians.

Now for the good news: you can do a great deal to control many risks. Ask yourself the following questions. Then focus on what you can change. . . and take action, starting today.

Some of the symptoms of a heart attack include severe chest pain, sweating, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. In women sometimes the signs and symptoms are different. Symptoms in women include heartburn type pain, clammy skin, dizziness and unexplained fatigue. Itís very important to conduct regular medical exams with your doctor to be sure you are not at risk.

And, finally, a study looking at the diet patterns of 16,000 people in 52 countries recently provided damning evidence about Western diets. Reporting in the journal Circulation, the investigators found that diets high in fried foods, salty snacks, eggs, and meat produced a 35 percent greater risk of heart attack. However, diets high in fruits and vegetables reduced the risk of heart attack by 30 percent.

Pretty good food for thought, donít you think? And a great place to begin making changes. Come in and talk to our pharmacist staff about ways to lower your risks or visit our web site Ė Ė to learn about ways to lowering your chances. Again, I urge you to take action today for a better and healthier lifestyle.