What to know about your Heart
This message brought to you by Dr. Eric Zoog, Baptist Emergency Services
The American Heart Association estimates approximately 82 million Americans have some type of cardiovascular disease.
When it comes to your heart, know your risk factors. The four important numbers you need to know are cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.
Your lifestyle, gender, age and race can add to your risk factors. Talk to your doctor and take charge of your heart health.
For prevention, control weight, exercise, stop using tobacco, know those important numbers and act on them.
Know the Signs of a Heart Attack - pain in the center of the chest that may radiate to the neck, arms or jaw, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, feeling nauseated or lightheaded.
If someone experiences these symptoms, call 911, don't drive to the hospital.
Baptist's offers a Cardiac Observation Unit designated to provide specialized care for chest pain patients.
Learn more at www.mbhs.org.