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Are You at Risk for Heart Problems?

Prevent heart disease or decrease your chance of having a heart attack by paying close attention to your risk factors and learning the warning signs of a heart attack. Women should pay special attention to these warning signs since they are often more subtle in women than in men.

Risk Factors

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Use of recreational drugs like cocaine

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including shoulder pain
  • Unusual shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Abnormal indigestion, including nausea
  • Light-headedness