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February is American Heart Month and Check Into Cash is proud to join the cause.

Did You Know?[1]

  • More than 85 million people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and chest pain.
  • One third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure.
  • About every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack

Take a moment to learn what steps you can take to:

  • Know your risk
  • Recognize the signs
  • Lower your risk

Know Your Risk [2]

Are you at risk for heart disease? The following are some of the risk increasing factors for heart disease:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Smoking

Some risk factors are not within your control. For example, your age affects your risk. Women over age 55 and men over age 45 are at a higher risk. [3]

Also, your family history can affect your risk of heart disease. Your risk of heart disease is higher if:[4]

  • Your father or brother had heart disease before age 55
  • Your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65

Recognize the Signs[3]

Common signs of heart attack include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling nauseated
  • Vomiting
  • Stomachache
  • Feeling like you have heartburn
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Feeling unusually tired
  • Pain or discomfort in the center or left side of chest
  • Feeling of pressure, squeezing, or fullness in center or left side of chest
  • Pain or discomfort in upper body — including arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw, or upper stomach

Lower Your Risk
What can I do?[5]


Know your blood pressure and check it regularly


Talk to your doctor about being tested for diabetes, as well as checking your cholesterol and triglycerides


Live a healthy Lifestyle

  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol to 1 drink or less a day
  • Lower stress

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