According to the American Heart Association, on the basis of 2017 data, about 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined. That's why your first priority should be keeping your heart-healthy. Understanding your risk of heart disease is a key step toward heart health and minimizing your risk of or preventing heart disease.
You could be at risk for heart disease if you:
Two types of risk factors can affect your risk of heart disease: uncontrollable and controllable. Uncontrollable risk factors are those you cannot change, such as your age, gender, and family health history. Controllable risk factors, however, you
can change. Controllable risk factors include excess weight, smoking, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle. By making smart lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of heart disease.
Talk to your doctor about how you can change or manage your controllable risk factors. If you have had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, take advantage of our cardiac rehabilitation and/or Leap for Life® program to learn all that you can about heart disease and how you can live a healthy life going forward.
Knowing what happens when a heart attack starts may save your life. Most heart attacks actually develop slowly with pain or discomfort that you may not always connect to your heart. Common symptoms of a heart attack include:
In women, symptoms may be slightly different. Most women will experience pain or discomfort in their chest but some may not. Other symptoms that a woman might experience include:
Emergency medical services professionals are trained to manage a heart attack using medications, technology, and guidance from physicians at local hospitals. If you suspect you are having a heart attack, call
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Scott & White Health.