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Understanding Your Risks of a Heart Attack

Understanding Your Risks of a Heart Attack

Heart Attack: Know Your Risk

More than 800,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack in the United States every year. With such shockingly high statistics, it is important to do what you can to support your cardiovascular health and minimize your risk of experiencing a cardiac event.

To effectively reduce your risk, you must understand what factors contribute to it in the first place. The health experts at RRH break down what you need to know about your risk of experiencing this cardiac event.

Controllable Factors

Smoking & Using Tobacco Products

Smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease and is responsible for 25% of heart disease-related deaths. This is because smoking causes the following heart-related health issues:

  • Raise triglyceride levels.
  • Lowers HDL levels.
  • Makes your blood stickier, increasing clotting.
  • Damages the cells that line your blood vessels.
  • Increases plaque buildup in your blood vessels.
  • Thickens and narrows blood vessels.

High Blood Pressure

When your blood pressure increases, it’s harder on your heart muscle to pump oxygenated blood throughout your body. This increased strain can lead to the thickening and stiffening of your heart muscle, negatively affecting its ability to function. This increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and heart failure.

Sedentary Behavior

Leading an inactive lifestyle leaves you at an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese. Having excessive amounts of body fat also increases your risk of developing heart disease and having a heart attack, even if you have no other risk factors.

Uncontrollable Factors


Although you can have a heart attack at any age, your risk for having a heart attack increases as you continue to get older. This makes it especially important that you adopt heart-healthy habits at a young age.


While heart disease and heart attack are a leading cause of death for both men and women, men are more likely to have a heart attack.

Family History

If you have an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with heart disease or has had a heart attack, you are at an increased risk for having a heart attack yourself. Be sure to talk with your loved ones about your family history of cardiovascular disease and cardiac events.

Cardiology Services in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our highly trained and experienced cardiac support team is dedicated to providing specialized cardiovascular care services in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas. To learn more about our cardiovascular care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).