Guidelines to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke at a Young Age - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/17/02

Guidelines to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke at a Young Age

The American Heart Association has released new guidelines for preventing heart attacks and strokes. The group recommends that everyone should be screened for risk factors at age 20, and that as a general guideline, men should have a waistline no bigger than 40-inches. For women, the top number is a 35-inch waist. And for the first time, it lists secondhand smoke as a risk factor.

Also, a daily dose of Aspirin used to be recommended just for those who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke, now the American Heart Association recommends a baby Aspirin a day for patients with a 10% or higher risk of heart attack.

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