Friday, February 27, 2015

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. This month, educate yourself on symptoms so you can prevent and get treatment if needed.

Signs of a Heart Attack in Men

More than 60% of men who suffer a heart attack, experience heart attack symptoms before the actual heart attack. Often men choose to neglect the symptoms, which leads to complications. These symptoms include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Irregular Heart Beats
  • Discomfort
  • Pain in upper abdomen
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sweating
  • Fainting
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Light-headed Feeling
  • Anxiety
  • Indigestion

These were the most obvious symptoms of heart attack. The symptoms and its intensity can vary from person to person. As one person might feel a dull chest pain, another person will experience excruciating chest pain. If you see any of the above mentioned symptoms, do not waste any time and call Emergency Medical Services (EMS) immediately. It is advised to call EMS as the staff in EMS is trained to administer lifesaving treatment. The EMS staff is also trained to revive a heart which has stopped working. At the same time the added advantage of calling EMS is that patients who arrive in EMS ambulances receive faster treatment at the hospital and hence, valuable time in the golden one hour is not lost.


Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

Many women think the signs of a heart attack are unmistakable — the image of the elephant comes to mind — but in fact they can be subtler and sometimes confusing.
  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.


Take Care Of Yourself

Heart disease is preventable. Here are Goldberg’s top tips:
  • Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to learn your personal risk for heart disease.
  • Quit smoking. Did you know that just one year after you quit, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent?
  • Start an exercise program. Just walking 30 minutes a day can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.


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