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Heart attack and heart disease: Tips to keep you and your heart healthy

MILWAUKEE -- It's a stressful time of year -- leaving Americans more at risk for a heart attack during the holiday season. Cardiologist Dr. Matt Weinberg joins FOX6 WakeUp with some tips to keep you and your family heart healthy.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

  • Pain or discomfort in chest
  • Lightheaded, nausea or vomiting
  • Jaw, neck or back pain
  • Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms Vary Between Men and Women. Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

As with men, women`s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain

Heart disease is the #1 killer of both men and women, but it is nearly 80% preventable.

Tips to help prevent heart disease:

  • Work with your physician to manage your risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes)
  • Quit smoking : One year after you quit, you'll cut your risk for coronary heart disease by 50%
  • Start an exercise program
  • Just walking 30 minutes a day can lower your risk for heart attack & stroke
  • Modify your family's diet