KNOW YOUR HIDDEN RISK

The worst part about hidden risk factors? Not knowing.

Knowing the risk factors of a heart attack or ischemic stroke is key to helping prevent a second cardiovascular event for yourself or your loved one.

Learn more about risk factors for heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke — and learn how you can work with your doctor to make more informed decisions.

THE HARDEST PART OF MY RECOVERY WAS…

“Just to get healthy again, to eat right, to exercise.”5

Heart Attack and Ischemic Stroke Risk Factors

smoking

Smokers are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease.6 Your risk for a heart attack and ischemic stroke can be cut in half in just one year if you quit.7

Smokers are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease.4 Your risk for a heart attack and ischemic stroke can be cut in half in just one year if you quit.5

LACK OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

People who regularly exercise moderately or rigorously reduce their heart attack risk by 30 to 40 percent and their stroke risk by 25 percent. Aim for a reachable goal such as 30 minutes of exercise a day.8 Speak with your physician before starting a new exercise routine.

People who regularly exercise moderately or rigorously reduce their heart attack risk by 30 to 40 percent and their stroke risk by 25 percent. Aim for a reachable goal such as 30 minutes of exercise a day.6 Speak with your physician before starting a new exercise routine.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL

Having high blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart health issues. While genetics can impact this condition, changes in your physical activity level, diet and cholesterol lowering medications as prescribed by the doctor can help lower your cholesterol.9

Having high blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart health issues. While genetics can impact this condition, changes in your physical activity level, diet and cholesterol lowering medications as prescribed by the doctor can help lower your cholesterol.7

A Fatty, Salty or Sugary Diet

A diet high in saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, cholesterol, and sodium increases your risk of heart attack. Decrease your portion sizes, try adding more fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water, while cutting back on processed foods and foods fried with oil.

A diet high in saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, cholesterol, and sodium increases your risk of heart attack. Decrease your portion sizes, try adding more fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water, while cutting back on processed foods and foods fried with oil.

Stress

Mental stress damages the protective lining of blood vessels, potentially causing inflammatory reactions that lead to fat and cholesterol build-up in the arteries. This can increase your risk of having a heart attack.

Mental stress damages the protective lining of blood vessels, potentially causing inflammatory reactions that lead to fat and cholesterol build-up in the arteries. This can increase your risk of having a heart attack.

Diabetes

Diabetes can double your risk of heart disease, even if your glucose levels are under control. With diabetes, it’s important to also monitor other risk factors on this list.

Diabetes can double your risk of heart disease, even if your glucose levels are under control. With diabetes, it’s important to also monitor other risk factors on this list.

Being Overweight

Losing as few as 10-20 pounds can help lower your risk for heart attack. Keeping your weight in a normal, healthy range is one way to help manage risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

Losing as few as 10-20 pounds can help lower your risk for heart attack. Keeping your weight in a normal, healthy range is one way to help manage risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart attacks and stroke. Changes in your physical activity level and diet can help manage and lower your blood pressure.10

High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart attacks and stroke. Changes in your physical activity level and diet can help manage and lower your blood pressure.8

Talk to your doctor about your personal risk factors

Take the heart attack and stroke risk self-assessment

Start a conversation with your doctor about the certain risk factors you can control and manage.

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