Heart health

Heart Month is about awareness. It’s about staying healthy. Understanding the risks and symptoms. Trying new recipes. Making and keeping doctor appointments. Getting 30 minutes of daily exercise. Wearing the color red. We could on and on…

Repeat with me: Health Checks Reduce Health Risks.

It’s now easier in Payson/Rim Country area to make those health checks that reduce health risks. With a local cardiologist specializing in heart health, diagnostics and non-invasive treatments, you really have no excuse but to have your heart in tip-top condition.

If you are experiencing symptoms of heart disease, make an appointment with a cardiologist. If you’re having an emergency, please call 911.

These are three of the most common heart conditions: heart attack, which occurs when the blood flow to the heart is blocked, often by a blood clot or a build up of plaque in the arteries; congestive heart failure, caused when the heart muscle fails to pump as much blood as the body needs; and cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops beating.

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics

Source: American Heart Association (published Jan. 31, 2019)

• 116.4 million, or 46 percent of U.S. adults are estimated to have hypertension. These are findings related to the new 2017 Hypertension Clinical Practice Guidelines (hypertension is also known as high blood pressure).

• 1 in 5 adults, or 22.5 percent of American adults, reported achieving adequate leisure time aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities to meet the physical activity guidelines, based on 2016 data.

• 1 in 6 males and 1 in 7 females in the United States are current smokers, based on 2016 data.

• By 2035, more than 130 million adults, or 45.1 percent of the U.S. population, are projected to have some form of Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD). Total costs of CVD are expected to reach $1.1 trillion in 2035, with direct medical costs projected to reach $748.7 billion and indirect costs estimated to reach $368 billion.

Know the signs

Please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 and get help immediately if you have any of these heart attack warning signs.

• Discomfort in the chest. If you feel an unusual pressure, tightness, fullness or pain that lasts more than a few minutes; or, if the same pain comes and goes, you may be having a cardiac episode.

• Shortness of breath. You may have shortness of breath with or without the chest pain.

• Discomfort in upper body areas: arms, and not just the left arm, back, neck, stomach and jaw pain may also be a sign.

• Cold sweat, nausea, dizziness. Signs that are not common on a regular basis may also indicate reason to believe it is your heart.

While men and women experience the same symptoms above, women many times have no chest pain.

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tmcquerrey@payson.com

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