Heart disease is an umbrella term for a number of different diseases that affect the heart.
Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the wall of your arteries. A blood pressure reading below 120/80 mmHg is considered normal.
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes you heart work too hard, putting you at serious risk for heart disease or stroke.
EVERY 36 SECONDS, AN AMERICAN DIES OF HEART DISEASE.
Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly and abruptly stops beating. Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical problems in the heart cause a dangerously fast heart rate.
A heart attack is different. It results from damage to the heart muscle caused by blood flow blockage, rather than an electrical problem.
Heart failure does not mean the heart suddenly stops working. “Failure” means that the heart is not able to pump enough blood and oxygen to meet your body’s needs.
Being honest about your risk factors will get you the most realistic assessment and help your doctor develop a plan to lower your risk. Visit your doctor regularly. Nothing replaces a discussion with your doctor or health care provider. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. Here are some questions you can ask your doctor: