Take Steps Towards a Healthier Heart!

Heart Risk AssessmentHeart disease causes one out of every four deaths in the United States annually. Knowing your risk for developing heart disease and taking effective steps improve your heart health can help keep you and your loved ones alive to enjoy all that life has to offer.

Meet Toby Weiss of Wheaton

Taking Adventist HealthCare’s fast and FREE, Heart Risk Assessment may have saved the life of Montgomery County resident, Toby Weiss.

The findings of the heart risk assessment led Toby to speak with her doctor who ordered a stress test that indicated the potential blockage in one or both arteries and eventually led to heart bypass surgery to repair.

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Heart Risk Assessment Benefits

Take just five minutes to complete our fast and FREE, Heart Risk Assessment to:

  • Calculate your 10- and 30-year risks of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Calculate your heart age by matching your risk level to the risk level of someone of the same age and gender with all other risk factors at the normal level
  • Receive a personalized plan to improve your heart health

Do You Know Your Heart Risk?

Take our fast and FREE Heart Risk Assessment to:

  • Compare your actual age to your heart's age
  • Calculate your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Prioritize your most harmful risk factors
  • Learn your overall heart health
  • Learn your chance of future heart problems

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Heart Health Facts - Did You Know?

Heart Risk AssessmentIn the United States, someone has a heart attack EVERY 42 SECONDS.

Learn More About Heart Attacks

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the heart starts to die. A heart attack doesn't have to be deadly. Quick treatment can restore blood flow to the heart and save your life.

Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest.
  • Sweating.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms.
  • Lightheadedness or sudden weakness.
  • A fast or irregular heartbeat.

For men and women, the most common symptom is chest pain or pressure. But women are somewhat more likely than men to have other symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain.

Heart Risk AssessmentHeart disease is the LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in the United States.

Learn More About Heart Disease

The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is Coronary Artery Disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack.

Causes of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries) and other parts of the body. Plaque is made up of deposits of cholesterol and other substances in the artery. Plaque buildup causes the inside of the arteries to narrow over time, which could partially or totally block the blood flow. This process is called atherosclerosis.

Too much plaque buildup and narrowed artery walls can make it harder for blood to flow through your body. When your heart muscle doesn’t get enough blood, you may have chest pain or discomfort, called angina. Angina is the most common symptom of CAD.

Over time, CAD can weaken the heart muscle. This may lead to heart failure, a serious condition where the heart can’t pump blood the way that it should. An irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, also can develop.

Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease

To find out your risk for CAD, your health care team may measure your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. Being overweight, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, and smoking tobacco are risk factors for CAD. A family history of heart disease also increases your risk for CAD. If you’re at high risk for heart disease or already have symptoms, your doctor can use several tests to diagnose CAD.

Heart Risk AssessmentABOUT 5.7 MILLION ADULTS in the United States have heart failure.

Learn More About Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It means that your heart is not able to pump blood the way it should. It can affect one or both sides of the heart.

The weakening of the heart's pumping ability causes:

  • Blood and fluid to back up into the lungs
  • The buildup of fluid in the feet, ankles and legs - called edema
  • Tiredness and shortness of breath
Causes of Congestive Heart Failure

Common causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. It is more common in people who are 65 years old or older, African Americans, people who are overweight, and people who have had a heart attack. Men have a higher rate of heart failure than women.

Diagnosing Congestive Heart Failure

Your doctor will diagnose heart failure by doing a physical exam and heart tests. Treatment includes treating the underlying cause of your heart failure, medicines, and heart transplantation if other treatments fail.