Heart and circulatory disease is the leading cause of death in our nation, and more than 2,500 Americans die of it each day. It is important to know the symptoms of heart and circulatory disease and make the lifestyle changes necessary to lower your health risk.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Some people have symptoms such as shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats or pain in the chest, arm, shoulder or neck. Others have no symptoms. However, just having a simple blood test to check your cholesterol, having your blood pressure checked and discussing your health history with a qualified physician will give you the information you need to decide whether or not you need further treatment.

Risk Factors

The number of risk factors you have determines your risk of heart disease. Some risk factors can be controlled, and it has been proven that doing so will reduce the chances of heart and circulatory disease developing or worsening. Risk factors include:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Gender and Age – females 55 or older or past menopause; males 45 years or older.
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Low HDL (good) cholesterol