Heart Disease

With heart disease, more than 100 types of genes may play a small role in a person’s risk. But by far the biggest factor is lifestyle.

Daily Lifestyle Tips to a Healthy Heart

Eat healthy- you are what you eat.
Quit smoking
Maintain a healthy body weight
In one study, people who lost weight, exercised, and eaten a healthy diet dramatically improved heir A1C levels, a blood test used to check diabetes risk. They also improved their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

By exercising and following a healthy diet, older people can lower their risk of heart disease. Prevention includes quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Shortness of breath
Palpitations (irregular heartbeats, or a “flip-flop” feeling in your chest)
A faster heartbeat
Weakness or dizziness
Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone
Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn)
Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
Rapid or irregular heartbeats
During a heart attack, symptoms typically last 30 minutes or longer and are not relieved by rest or oral medications. Initial symptoms may start as a mild discomfort that progress to significant pain.

If you think you are having a heart attack, DO NOT DELAY. Call for emergency help. Immediate treatment of a heart attack is very important to lessen the amount of damage to your heart.

Symptoms of Heart Failure

Shortness of breath noted during activity (most commonly) or at rest, especially when you lie down flat in bed
Cough that produces white sputum
Rapid weight gain (a weight gain of two or three pounds in one day is possible.)
Swelling in ankles, legs, and abdomen
Fatigue and weakness
Rapid or irregular heartbeats
Other symptoms include nausea, palpitations, and chest pain.