Are You at Risk?

If you observe any of the signs below, DO NOT WAIT and DO NOT FALL ASLEEP. Call 911 and seek immediate treatment.

Knowing your risk factors for developing heart disease is the first step in preventing heart disease and taking care of your heart. Below is a list of risk factors. Check the risk factors that apply to you. If two or more of these risk factors apply, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. If you need help locating a physician, call 1-800-625-4298.  Please call 911 to seek medical assistance if you are experiencing any signs/symptoms.

  • Over Age 50: I am a man OR woman over age 50, OR I have passed menopause OR had my ovaries removed.
  • Family History of Heart Attack/Stroke: My father or brother had a heart attack before age 55, OR my mother or sister had one before age 65, OR my mother, father, sister, brother, or grandparent had a stroke.
  • High Blood Pressure: My blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or higher, OR a healthcare professional has said my blood pressure is too high, OR I don't know what my blood pressure is.
  • Tobacco Smoke Use: I smoke OR I live or work with people who smoke tobacco regularly.
  • High or Unknown Cholesterol: My total cholesterol is 240 mg/dL or higher, OR I don't know my level.
  • Low or Unknown HDL Cholesterol: My HDL (good) cholesterol is less than 40 mg/dL, OR I don't know my HDL cholesterol level.
  • Lack of Physical Activity: I get less than a total of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days.
  • Overweight: I am 20 pounds or more overweight for my height and build.
  • Diabetes: I have diabetes (a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dL or higher), OR I need medicine to control my blood sugar.
  • History of Heart Disease: I have coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation or other heart condition(s), OR I've had a heart attack.
  • History of Stroke: I've been told that I have carotid artery disease, OR I've had a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack), OR I have a disease of the leg arteries, a high red blood cell count or sickle cell anemia.

The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk of experiencing a stroke.

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