What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

  • Pain or discomfort in the:
    • Chest
    • Arms or shoulders
    • Jaw, neck, upper abdomen or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling weak, light-headed or faint

Other symptoms (more common in women) can include extreme, unexplained fatigue, heartburn, nausea and/or vomiting. If you have any of these symptoms, call 911.

What's a normal heart rate?

Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. The healthier your heart, the slower your pulse, since your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood. A normal resting heart rate is typically between 60 to 100 beats per minute; a trained athlete may have one as low as 40. To check your pulse, put your finger on the inside of your wrist or elbow or on the side of your neck and count the number of beats in 60 seconds. Check your pulse regularly so you can be aware of any changes.

6 tips to lower blood pressure

Learn how to prevent heart disease at any age

If you have high blood pressure, it can be controlled and even cured in some cases by committing to lifestyle changes, including:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. If you smoke, quit
  4. Eat plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, and non-fat dairy
  5. Limit salt intake to below 1,500 mg/day
  6. Limit alcohol to two 4-oz servings a day for men and one for women