By: Rayni Lane
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.
According to the American Heart Association, 1 of every 3 deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease or stroke. Every year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack, and 470,000 will have another.
Diabetes, along with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and tobacco use are a few of the major risk factors for heart attack that you can modify, treat or control.
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely.
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) is proud to partner with the American Heart Association (AHA) Native American Initiative to bring awareness and prevention to heart disease. OKCIC’s BRAID (Being Responsible American Indians with Diabetes) program hosted an event in August of 2019 with special guests from AHA who provided patients with information on heart attacks.
Do not hesitate to call 911 if you experience heart attack warning signs.