Wear red in February for American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day (the first Friday in February) to help raise awareness about heart disease, but don't stop there. Take a few more steps for wellness, and lower your risk for heart disease.
Calculate Your Risk
Below is a quick quiz to find out your risk for a heart attack. If you don't know some of the answers, check with your health care provider.
Do you smoke?
Is your blood pressure 140/90 or higher, OR have you been told by your doctor that your blood pressure is too high?
Has your doctor told you that your total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL or higher OR that your HDL (good cholesterol) is less than 40 mg/dL?
Has your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55, OR has your mother or sister had one before age 65?
Do you have diabetes OR a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dL or higher, OR do you need medicine to control your blood sugar?
Are you over 55 years old?
Do you have a body mass index (BMI) score of 25 or more?
Do you get less than a total of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days?
Has a doctor told you that you have angina (chest pains), OR have you had a heart attack?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're at an increased risk of having a heart attack.
Everyone can take steps to lower their risk for heart disease and heart attack. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight heart disease. Many people make it harder than it is. It is important to remember that it is the overall pattern of the choices you make that counts.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and to act immediately by calling 911. A person's chances of surviving a heart attack are increased if emergency treatment is given to the victim as soon as possible.