Health Tip - Heart Health Q & A
A: Your heart pumps blood to your whole body. This blood is carried in tubes called arteries and veins. Heart disease is when blood can no longer travel smoothly through your heart or its tubes.
Q: What is a heart attack?
A: A heart attack is when the blood flow to the heart is blocked by a clot. Most people survive their first heart attack and return to their normal lives. But healthy changes have to be made to prevent further damage.
Q: What risk factors increase the chance of getting heart disease?
A: Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as age. Other risk factors, such as smoking, weight and exercise, stress, and blood pressure can be controlled.
You can reduce the risk of heart problems by adopting a healthy lifestyle – eating nutritious foods, getting regular exercise and getting enough rest. See your doctor for regular screenings.