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

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Did You Know? [1]

  • More than 92.1 million people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and chest pain. [2]
  • One third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure. [3]
  • About every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. [4]
Take a moment to learn about cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • Know the Risks
  • Recognize the Signs
  • Lower your Risk

Know the Risks [5]

Are you at risk for heart disease? The following are some risks 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 [6]
your risk. Women over age 55 and men over age 45 are at a higher risk.

Also, your family history can affect your risk of heart disease. Your risk of heart disease is higher if: [7]
  • Your father or brother had heart disease before age 55
  • Your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65

Recognize the Signs [8]

Common signs of heart attack include:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling nauseated
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache
  • 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 [9]

Know your blood pressure and check it regularly

Eat healthy

Talk to your doctor about possible medications

Watch your weight

Limit alcohol to one drink daily

Lower Stress

Quit smoking

Control your cholesterol

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