Heart Attack Risk Factors
Some heart attack risks cannot be controlled: family history, increasing age, ethnicity and male gender. Other risk factors can be.
Heart Attack Risks You Can Prevent or Control:
Stop smoking! Get free help to quit at the Maine Tobacco HelpLine 1-800-207-1230.
- Being overweight or obese
Eat healthy, limit portion sizes, eat more fruits and vegetables, and be physically active.
- Not being physically active
Be more active! Try to get at least 30 minutes of activity every day. Find a walking route near you at www.healthymainewalks.com
- High blood pressure
Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Get your blood pressure checked regularly. If it’s 140/90 or higher, work with your doctor to control it. If you have diabetes, your treatment goal is to stay below 130/80.
- Having other health conditions
- High cholesterol
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
To reduce the risk: Visit your doctor regularly. Ask about medications to help reduce your stroke risk and be sure to take them as prescribed.