The following questions will help you discuss your risk of heart disease with your doctor.
Smoking and Heart Disease
- What are my specific risk factors?
- How does my age affect my risk?
- How does smoking affect me?
- Does my weight put me at risk?
Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of death and disability in the United States. Although smoking leads to more than 430,000 deaths each year, a large percentage of the population -- almost 50 million people -- continues to smoke.
Exercise and Heart Health
Most people who smoke make 5 to 7 attempts before being successful. It is best if you can quit early on when your risk for disease can be reversed.
Regular physical activity, while maintaining your appropriate weight, is essential for reducing your risk of heart disease. Reducing fat and calories and increasing exercise will, over time, help you lose weight, improve blood fat and blood pressure levels, which will lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Even modest exercise can make a difference.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Some people say that a heart attack feels like a something is crushing their chest. Crushing, severe chest pain that lasts several minutes is one of the most common symptoms. Some other symptoms include:
Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
- Atypical chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain. Especially when aggravated by physical or emotional stress
- Nausea or dizziness.
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, often without chest pain of any kind.