|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 21, 2002
NHLBI Communications Office
NHLBI Issues Resources To Help Americans "Act In Time To Heart Attack Signs"
- Learn these signs of a heart attack: Chest discomfort or pain; discomfort in the arm(s), back, neck, jaw, or stomach; shortness of breath; and breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
- Act fast to any of the heart attack signs. Wait no more than a few minutes 5 at the most before calling 9-1-1. Calling 9-1-1 is like bringing the hospital to the patient. Emergency medical personnel can begin delivering treatment at once. Persons should not drive themselves to the hospital.
Act In Time materials are available from the NHLBI Health Information Center at P.O. Box 30105, Bethesda, MD 20824-0105, or at (301) 592-8573.
More information about heart attack, heart disease, and its risk factors is available at these Web pages all can be reached through the NHLBI Web site at www.nhlbi.nih.gov:
- "Your Guide To Lowering High Blood Pressure"
- "Live Healthier, Live Longer," about high blood cholesterol
- "Aim For A Healthy Weight"
To interview an expert about this topic, contact the NHLBI Communications office at (301) 496-4236.
NHLBI press releases, publications, and other information can be found online at www.nhlbi.nih.gov.
Knowing what to do in case of a heart attack can save lives. Americans can plan ahead by following these steps:
- Learn the heart attack warning signs
- Talk with family and friends about the warning signs and the need to call 9-1-1 quickly
- Talk with your health care provider about factors that increase your chance of having a heart attack and how to reduce your risk
- Talk with your health care provider about what to do if you experience heart attack symptoms
- Make a heart attack survival plan that has vital medical information and keep it handy
- Decide who would care for any dependents in an emergency
Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk
Acting fast is crucial for surviving a heart attack. But Americans also can take action to reduce their risk of ever having one or of having a repeat heart attack.
- Stop smoking If you can't quit the first time, keep trying.
- Lower high blood pressure Be sure you follow a heart healthy eating plan that includes foods lower in salt and sodium.
- Reduce high blood cholesterol Get your blood cholesterol level checked once every 5 years (and more often, if needed). This test measures the cholesterol level in the bloodstream.
- Aim for a healthy weight Losing weight and keeping it off depends on a change of lifestyle that combines sensible eating with regular physical activity.
- Be physically active each day Do at least 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most and preferably all days of the week.
- Manage diabetes The steps that lower your risk of heart disease also help manage or reduce your chance of developing diabetes.