NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – February is American Heart Month.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have some form of heart or blood vessel disease.READ MORE: Tri-State Area Residents Behind On Utility Bills Encouraged To Apply For State Assistance As Moratorium Nears End
Cardiologist Robert Segal sat down with CBS2’s Kristine Johnson and Cindy Hsu to talk about the symptoms of heart disease and who’s most at risk for the potentially fatal condition.
Segal says the group most at risk for developing the disease has grown to include:
- Men over 40
- Women over 50 or post-menopausal
- American Indians
- Diabetes patients
- Americans suffering from excessive alcohol use, obesity, smokers, and those with a family history of early heart disease or stroke.
The symptoms for heart disease include:
- Chest pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomachs
- Shortness of breath
The Doctor also provided a few tips for Americans who have been diagnosed with heart disease:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get plenty of physical activity
- Don’t smoke
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol
Segal notes alcohol can raise your blood pressure and put you at increased risk for heart failure, stroke, and cancer.