Are You at Risk for Having a Heart Attack?



February is all about red hearts, chocolates and “be Mine” Valentines but it is also the American Heart Association Heart Health Month. A perfect time to raise awareness of heart diseases and risk factors

Heart disease is the#1 killer in women so do you know if you could be at risk? Do you know the signs ands symptoms of a heart attack in a woman? Do you know how to decrease your chances of a heart attack?

Heart Attacks are still considered an “older male” thing and is far too often ignored or misdiagnosed in women.

Are you at greater risk*:
– Family history of heart attack in sibs, parents or grandparents

– Smoker

– Diabetes

– Obesity

– Little to no physical activity/sedentary lifestyle

– High stress

– High Blood pressure

– Increased blood Cholesterol and triglycerides

* Note that ALL of these except your family history can be prevented by positive lifestyle choices.


Know the Signs & Symptoms

Take Preventative/Proactive Steps:

– Partake in structured exercise most days of the week for 30- 60 minutes. BUT, do not think that means you can sit the rest of the day. Get up and move every hour even if it’s to stretch for a few minutes.

– Maintain a healthy, balanced diet of lean meats, fish, fiber and vegetables.

– Stop smoking…period.

– Take steps to decrease and manage your stress.

– Get a good night’s sleep.



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Author: tammyjuco

Motivating and assisting you and your family to a healthier and happier lifestyle.


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