In recognition of American Heart Month this month, our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants to share some lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk of a heart attack.
What Is a Heart Attack?
When blood flow to your heart is blocked, a heart attack occurs. These blockages are most often made up of fat, cholesterol and other substances—and can be prevented through lifestyle habits.
There are a number of risk factors for heart attack, and while some cannot be changed, those associated with your lifestyle can.
Heart Attack Risk Factors
- High blood pressure and/or cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
What Can I Do to Lower My Risk of Having a Heart Attack?
Although you cannot change your race or how old you are, there are risk factors you can modify, such as quitting smoking, exercising on a regular basis and maintaining a healthy weight.
It’s impossible, though, to fully prevent all heart attacks, so it’s important to know the signs of a heart attack to seek immediate treatment.
Signs of a Heart Attack
- Squeezing or aching sensation in your chest
- Abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
- Sudden dizziness
Are you trying to regain control of your health? Make a trip to AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today to undergo a wellness check and bloodwork to see where your health currently stands.]]>