Heart Attack Risk

Friday, December 03, 2010

The average human heart beats 100,000 times a day. A heart attack occurs about every 20 seconds and one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart attack. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the risk factors for heart attack.

Dr. Hill:

A heart attack happens when part of the heart does not get enough blood. Fats build up in the blood vessels and block the blood supply to the heart. This is called coronary artery disease.

Several things can increase your risk of a heart attack. Some factors, such as your age and sex, cannot be changed. But others, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can be treated.

Mean are at higher risk for coronary artery disease. Other major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, older age, smoking and a father who had a heart attack before 55 years of age or mother who had a heart attack before 65 years of age.

To lower your risk, eat a healthy diet, exercise and maintain a healthy weight. If you smoke, you should quit. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your doctor can give you medicine to lower it. For some people, taking an aspirin every day can reduce the risk of a heart attack.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.