Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Men over 45, women over 55, and people with a family history of heart disease are at increased risk of a heart attack. However, heart attacks and strokes can strike suddenly, even in apparently healthy people. Learn about the signs of a and .
You can save a life. Take a CPR class through the or the People who receive CPR from bystanders are more than twice as likely to survive a heart attack. If you witness a heart attack, the most important thing is to call 911 immediately.
If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, arm or back pain, sudden numbness or weakness, sudden confusion, trouble seeing or walking, or a sudden, severe headache call 911 immediately. There are many effective treatments for heart attack and stroke, but all work best if taken as quickly as possible. A false alarm is much better than a fatal incident.
You can prevent heart problems by Regular exercise, a diet low in cholesterol and high in fruits and vegetables, controlling your blood sugar and quitting smoking helps lower your risk. Plus, good diet and exercise will reduce your risk for other health problems like cancer and diabetes. Talk to your doctor for other strategies that fit your lifestyle.
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