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What should men and women know about heart disease

Scott Faulkner, MD  

Scott Faulkner, MD, is an internal medicine  specialist at Fort Morgan Internal Medicine, Fort Morgan, Colo.

Question: What men and women should know about heart disease?

Answer: You've probably heard that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men in the United States. But did you know that's true for women, too? 

Both men and women need to be aware of heart-attack symptoms, which include; chest discomfort lasting more than a few minutes, shortness of breath, cold sweats, light headedness and nausea,  discomfort that extends to one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw and stomach.

While women can experience chest pain with heart attack, they also need to be attuned to the less-classic symptoms, including: shortness of breath unexplained fatigue, upper-abdominal pressure.

Everybody wants a magic bullet, but here are the proven strategies to prevent heart disease. Do aerobic exercise, lower your saturated-fat intake, quit smoking, and manage your stress and anger. Also, keeping up with cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings is a must. Adopting changes is something you don’t have to start all at once.  Once you’ve successfully started one thing, you'll find it easier to adapt to other lifestyle changes.

Find out just how healthy your heart is by taking the high blood pressure risk assessment at www.bannerhealth.com or make an appointment to visit with a Fort Morgan Internal Medicine provider at 970-542-0360.

Page Last Modified: 07/15/2011
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