Heart disease does run in some families. However, just because someone in your family has had a heart attack, it does not mean you will too. It does mean, that you should be aware of the risks and be extra vigilant about good health. Don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake, eat well and exercise.
If heart disease runs in your family, be sure to make those annual checkups with your internist or general practitioner to monitor your blood pressure and health. A little known fact is that dental hygiene can also play a part in heart disease, so be sure to keep your regular dental appointments as well.
If you think you might be having a heart attack, do not wait to call 9-1-1. In the event of a heart attack, every moment can count.
Some warning signs of a heat attack include:
• Chest pain that may come and go
• Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
• Shortness of breath
• Nausea or vomiting
• Abdominal pain or "heartburn"
• Lightheadedness or dizziness
• Unusual or unexplained fatigue
Although chest pain has long been considered the hallmark of a heart attack, oftentimes women and some men do not feel any chest pain whatsoever and instead experience some of the other, less typical symptoms.v If you would like to learn more about heart disease or to schedule an appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital Cardiologist, call HealthFinder at 504-456-5000 or visit us at www.ejgh.org.