Tampa Bay Heart Institute

Heart Attack Risk Factors

According the the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, with heart attacks accounting for over 500,000 deaths per year.

What are considered risk factors?

  • Family history of premature CAD
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High LDL
  • Low HDL
  • Hypertension
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Symptomatic Carotid Arterial Disease

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

According to the American Heart Association, the warning signs of a heart attack include:

  • Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the chest
  • Discomfort in other areas, such as the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Other signs, such as cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness

If you think that you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

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