Can I Protect My Heart From a Heart Attack?

February is American Heart Month, so now is the time to learn all you can about heart health and how to protect your heart!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville wants to talk through what you should know about heart attacks. Read on as we take a look.

What Are the Symptoms of a Heart Attack?

When you think of a heart attack, you may think of what you see in the movies—a man clutching his chest, suddenly in intense pain. But that’s not always the reality.

While chest pain is a common symptom of heart attack, there are many others. Women, in particular, are more likely to experience more unusual symptoms of heart attack.

Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort or pain in the arms, shoulders, neck or abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting

Can a Heart Attack Be Prevented?

While risk factors like family history and age cannot be changed, many risk factors are lifestyle-related. That means you can take steps to protect your heart.

Ways to Protect the Heart

  • Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit sodium, saturated fat and added sugar.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Maintain normal blood pressure.
  • Manage chronic conditions like diabetes.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Stop smoking.

When was the last time you had a wellness exam? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Knoxville today for a medical evaluation to ensure you’re as heart healthy as can be!