OLBH Encourages You to Know Your Risks for Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the number one killer of both men and women. OLBH's heart care team urges everyone learn the symptoms and risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease as the first step to prevention and seeking treatment.

While symptoms such as uncomfortable pressure or pain in the center of the chest tend to be the most common, there are others that are not as common, but equally as dangerous. Nausea, dizziness, stomach or abdominal pain, shortness of breath, sweating, weakness or fatigue may all be indicators of a heart attack. Women and diabetics may be more likely to experience symptoms outside of the classic chest pain. It important for people to be in-tune with their bodies and realize their risk factors. 

“There are simple steps that you can take to lower the risk of a heart attack or stroke,” OLBH interventional cardiologist Michele Friday, M.D., said. “As a cardiologist, I always educate my patients that lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of future heart disease. It’s important for patients to take responsibility for their health, know their risk factors and take part in lowering those risks.” 

Be aware of all heart attack symptoms, especially if you have the following risk factors: tobacco use, high blood pressure or cholesterol, lack of physical activity, obese or overweight or if you have a family history of heart disease Even the smallest changes in your diet and exercise habits can reduce your risk for heart disease. Start by focusing on the risk factors that you can treat and control, such as high cholesterol, alcohol intake and tobacco use. 

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, or if you think may be at risk for heart disease, please contact your physician.