FEBRUARY IS AMERICANS HEART MONTH. When a heart attack happens, any delays in treatment can be deadlyCoronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women.
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FEBRUARY IS AMERICANS HEART MONTH. When a heart attack happens, any delays in treatment can be deadlyCoronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women.

February is American's Heart  Health Awareness Month.   
schedule a checkup to have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked.
Most heart attacks are the end result of coronary heart disease.

Coronary artery disease, also called coronary heart disease, or simply, heart disease. 

  • Heart disease is a result of plaque buildup in your arteries, which blocks blood flow and heightens the risk for heart attack and stroke. It is a condition that clogs coronary arteries with fatty, calcified plaques.

  •  A severe enough blockage may cause a heart attack. If not quickly treated, the blockage can cause parts of the heart muscle to die.

  • Extra fat around the middle of your body may increase your risk of heart disease.

  •  A man’s risk of heart disease is increased if his waist measures more than 40 inches. A woman’s risk is increased at 35 inches.

Some heart-disease risks you're born with. Some you can avoid. Many of the problems older people have with their heart and blood vessels are really caused by disease, not by aging. 


  • For example, an older heart can normally pump blood as strong as a younger heart; less ability to pump blood is caused by disease. But, changes that happen with age may increase a person’s risk of heart disease. 

The good news is there are things you can do to delay, lower, or possibly avoid or reverse your risk of heart diseases. Exercise and reducing salt in your diet can help, but often medication is needed to manage high blood pressure and the related problems.

As you get older,even if you are healthy, regular checkups with your doctor are important because early heart disease often doesn’t have symptoms, or the symptoms may be barely noticeable.

  • It is also important for you to have your blood pressure checked regularly You may feel fine, but if not treated, high blood pressure can lead to stroke and problems with your heart, eyes, and kidneys. 

The Risk factors of Coronary heart disease include:
  • Smoking

  • High LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides levels, and low HDL cholesterol

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

  • Physical inactivity

  • Obesity

  • High saturated fat diet

  • Diabetes

 Symptoms of heart Disease

The most common symptom isChest pain or discomfort (angina). You feel this pain when the heart is not getting enough blood or oxygen. How bad the pain is varies from person to person.

  • It may feel heavy or like someone is squeezing your heart. You may feel it under your breast bone (sternum), but also in your neck, arms, stomach, or upper back.

  • The pain usually occurs with activity or emotion, and goes away with rest or a medicine called nitroglycerin.  

Women, elderly people, and people with diabetes are more likely to have symptoms other than chest pain, such as:
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath: shortness of breath and fatigue with activity (exertion).
  • General weakness

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other bad habits can increase your risk of heart disease. 
Choosing a healthy eating plan and Be physically active will reduce your risk and help maintain a healthy heart.

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