Heart Health

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the number one killer in America. Arkansas Heart Hospital is the only hospital in the state focusing solely on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. This section of our website is dedicated to providing you with information about CVD and making choices to improve your heart health. Coronary risk factors include the following:


  • For both men and women, the risk of heart attack increases with age.
  • More than half of all heart attack victims are over the age of 65.


  • A family history of heart attacks or strokes increases a person’s chances of suffering from heart disease.


  • Men statistically have more heart attacks than women.
  • Women are twice as likely to die from their first heart attack.
  • Women before the age of menopause have fewer heart attacks.
  • Men and women often have different warning signs.


  • Normal blood pressure is: 120/80
  • Pre-hypertension: 120-139/80-89
  • Stage 1 Hypertension: 140-159/90-100
  • Stage 2 Hypertension: 160 (or higher)/100 (or higher)
  • Hypertension Crisis: 180 (or higher)/110 (or higher)


  • People with diabetes or a family history of diabetes have a higher than normal risk of heart attacks.


  • 30% or more above your ideal weight sharply increases your risk of developing heart disease.
  • Women tend to be more overweight than men.


  • Everyone has a certain amount of emotional stress every day, but the ability to handle stress varies a great deal.


  • Exercise that stimulates the heart and lungs for long periods of time is essential to preventing hardening of the arteries. It keeps cholesterol down, burns calories and increases the efficiency of the heart.


  • Research has shown that certain types of personalities are more frequently associated with heart attacks than others. For example, a hard-driving, aggressive person is more prone to suffer heart attacks.
  • Anger can be a risk factor. Losing your temper can double your risk of heart attack within the next two hours.


  • Your total cholesterol level should be 200 or below.
  • Your HDL – good cholesterol – should be 40 or above for men, 50 or above for women. The higher the number the more protection your coronary
  • arteries have from heart disease.
  • Your LDL – the amount of cholesterol you take in through your diet – should be kept below 100. If you are a cardiovascular patient, your LDL should be kept at 70 or below.
  • High fat foods can raise blood cholesterol and cause fat to be deposited in the arteries.


  • Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of disability and death from heart attacks.
  • Smokers have four times more risk of heart attacks and strokes than non-smokers.
  • More smokers die from heart disease than from cancer.
  • A smoker’s life expectancy is reduced by 15-19 years.

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone, often without warning. That’s why it’s vital to know how to use an AED. Arkansas Heart Hospital walks you through the steps.