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Published on June 09, 2014


Heart Care at Palos

Palos Community Hospital has all the expertise you need for the highest quality of heart care—and we’re right here in your community. From diagnosis and treatment to rehab and recovery, our cardiovascular experts collaborate to provide you with a complete continuum of care personalized for your specific needs

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The prevalence of coronary heart disease in men is estimated at 8.8 million, according to statistics from the American Heart Association. The average age for a man having a first heart attack is 64.5. Coronary heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death.

Know the Warning Signs for Heart Attack and choose to Reduce Your Risk for heart disease.


Risk Factors for Heart Disease
  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Family History
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Inactivity

Men with erectile dysfunction have twice the risk of heart disease. Men with symptoms of erectile dysfunction should have a thorough cardiac evaluation.


Reduce Your Risk

Have Regular Check-ups with your doctor.

Eat Right. Choose foods with:

  • Less total saturated fat and no trans fat;
  • Less cholesterol, more soluble fiber, less sugar; and
  • More of the omega 3s found in such fish as salmon and mackerel.

Check Fasting Blood Sugar. It should be less than 100 mg/dL, with an A1c less than 7.

Control Weight. Achieve a BMI  of between 18 and 24.9 with a waist that measures less than 40 inches.

Manage Stress Levels. 

Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure of 120/80 mmHg.

Exercise. Participate in aerobic activity between 30 and 60 minutes 5 to 7 times per week.

Stop Smoking. Smokers have between a two- and four-times greater risk of having a heart attack. Quit!

Control Cholesterol Levels. Total cholesterol should be below 200 mg/dL, with an HDL greater than 40 mg/dL and an LDL less than 160 mg/dL if you have a low risk of heart disease or less than 100 mg/dL if you have a high risk, diabetes or have had a heart attack.


Warning Signs for Heart Attack

Chest discomfort – including uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain – that lasts more than a few minutes.

Shortness of Breath

Discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Nausea, lightheadedness or breaking out in a cold sweat.

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1. It’s important to get help fast.