Assessing Your Risk (Heart Health)
How well do you understand your heart attack risk? Here is a quick quiz to help you find out:
-Do you smoke?
-Is your blood pressure 140/90 mmHg or higher, or have you been told by your doctor that your blood pressure is too high?
-Has your doctor told you that your total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL or higher, or your HDL (good cholesterol) is less than 40 mg/dL?
-Did your father or brother have a heart attack before the age of 55, or did your mother or sister have one before the age of 65?
-Do you have diabetes or a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dL or higher, or do you use medication to control your blood sugar?
-Are you more than 55 years old?
-Do you have a body mass index (BMI) score of 25 or more?
-Do you get less than 30 minutes of physical activity each day?
-Has a doctor told you that you have angina (chest pains), or have you already had a heart attack?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re at an increased risk of having a heart attack. You can, however, lower your risk by controlling some of these important health factors. To create a plan to prevent heart disease or a heart attack, talk to your doctor.