Unfortunately, the symptoms of heart disease aren’t always readily apparent physical signs that give direct warning. Heart attacks often take people by surprise. A heart attack occurs when blood flow in a coronary artery is inhibited or stopped completely. This can cause irreparable damage to the heart, and medical assistance is needed immediately after symptoms begin, to minimize the damage.

There are indicators that can help you determine the risk of developing heart disease. Individuals who have a history of heart disease in their family should be concerned about heart disease themselves. Race plays a factor in heart disease, as does gender.

There is no cure for heart disease, but there are many things that you can do to reduce the risk of a heart attack or cardiac arrest, starting with a healthy diet and exercise. Dietary recommendations include eating five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day, consuming six or more servings of whole grains a day, eating fish at least twice a week and lowering your sodium intake.

Remember, a little effort can go a long way, simply adopting a healthy diet and adding a little exercise to your daily routine can greatly improve your heart’s health.