Your heart is, essentially, a pump. Not just any pump. This pump is key to your longevity. This pump delivers blood and oxygen to all the organs in your body.
While the heart has an important job, lifestyle and genetics make it prone to disease. The leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. is heart disease. It takes many forms: from heart attacks to coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure.
exercise and a family history of cardiovascular problems. However, recent studies link other surprising factors to higher risk.
You likely know about the most common heart disease triggers, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, too little exercise and a family history of cardiovascular problems. However, recent studies link other surprising factors to higher risk.
Receiving care within one hour of a heart attack increases your survival chances by 50 percent. Even care within three hours raises survival rates by 23 percent. When faced with an incident, how should you respond?
If you experience symptoms, call 911 immediately. Don’t drive yourself to the emergency room, and don’t ask someone else to take you. Paramedics can start treatment in the ambulance, which improves your chances of survival. Taking a chewable aspirin at the first signs of trouble can prevent blood clots, as well.
If someone near you experiences symptoms, call 911 immediately. If the victim has collapsed, new American Heart Association guidelines recommend giving hard, fast chest compressions until help arrives. Unlike classic CPR, this technique requires no training, no mouth contact, and quickly moves oxygen through the bloodstream during crucial moments. If available, an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) can also restore regular heart rhythm.
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