How To Reduce Your Chance of a Heart Attack

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To find your risk for a heart attack, check the boxes that apply to you:

□ A family history of early heart disease

{Father or brother diagnosed before age 55) (Mother or sister diagnosed before age 65)

□ Age [Men 45 years or older; Women 55 years or older)

□ High blood cholesterol

High blood pressure

□ One or more previous heart attacks, angina, bypass surgery or angioplasty, stroke, or blockages in neck or leg arteries

□ Overweight

□ Physical inactivity

Cigarette smoking

The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk for a heart attack«

Reduce Your Risk of a Heart Attack by Taking Steps To Prevent or Control Risk Factors

High blood pressure a Have your doctor check your blood pressure. a Aim for a healthy weight. a Become physically active, a Follow a healthy eating plan, including food lower in salt and sodium. a Limit alcoholic beverages. a Take medication, if prescribed.

High blood cholesterol a Get your blood cholesterol level checked once every 5 years. (Check it more often, if necessary.) a Learn what your numbers mean. a Follow a low-saturated fat and low cholesterol eating plan. a Become physically active, a Aim for a healthy weight. a Take medication, if prescribed.

Cigarette Smoking a Stop smoking now or cut back gradually. a If you can't quit the first time, keep trying. a If you don't smoke, don't start.

Overweight a Maintain a healthy weight. Try not to gain extra weight, a If you are overweight, try to lose weight slowly, 1/2 to 1 pound a week.

Diabetes a Find out if you have diabetes, a Gel your blood sugar level checked by your doctor.

Physical inactivity a Become physically active.

a Do 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most and preferably all days of the week. a If necessary, break 30 minutes into periods of at least 10 minutes each.

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