by the experts at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals
Heart disease is the nation's number one killer of people over the age of 45. Knowing the main risk factors for heart disease can help you take extra precautions. Sacred Heart Hospital's HeartAware online assessment tool can help you learn more about your own heart risk factors.
HeartAware is a convenient online tool that allows you to have your heart health assessed in just seven minutes. The goal is to identify a person's risk for heart disease and help you take steps toward preventing a heart attack. At the end of the assessment, you're offered a report on your heart disease risk factors. If two or more risk factors are identified, you're offered an on-site screening.
Several factors increase the risk of developing heart disease. The more risk factors you have, the greater chance you have of developing problems, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Age makes a difference. As you get older, your risk increases. According to the American Heart Association, other risk factors include family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes and obesity. Not all of these risk factors can be controlled. But all of us should improve the things we CAN change to reduce our risk of heart disease.
It is also important to know your risk factors for stroke. Sacred Heart Hospital's StrokeAware, a seven minute screening tool for stroke risk, will help you find out where you stand.
A stroke strikes about 795,000 people each year and is the leading cause of adult disability. Fast treatment for stroke can save lives or prevent long-term disability. You're never too young to have a stroke, and you're never too old to try to prevent one. There are many controllable risk factors including high blood pressure (which is the number one stroke risk factor), high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, diabetes and smoking.
Having a healthy lifestyle and keeping your controllable risk factors as low as possible allows you to take control of your life while you have the choice, instead of having an incident happen and your body makes the choice for you.
Reduce your chance of heart attack and stroke by logging onto www.sacredhearteauclaire.org today to access HeartAware and StrokeAware!