Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense – the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
• Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. •

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

• Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

• Other signs may include 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.
Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives – maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.

SOURCE: American Heart Association, Warning Signs of a Heart Attack, Retrieved on February 18, 2014, from, http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-aHeart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp

Lifestyle Changes to prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death in the United States. One reason these statistics are fact is undeniably a lack of commitment to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, it’s also your responsibility. A heart-healthy lifestyle includes the ideas listed below. By following these simply steps you can reduce all the modifiable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
• Stop smoking

• Choose good nutrition

• Reduce blood cholesterol

• Be physically active every day

• Aim for a healthy weight

• Manage diabetes

• Reduce stress

• Limit alcohol

 

SOURCE: American Heart Association, Prevention & Treatment of Heart Attack-Lifestyle Changes. Retrieved on February 18, 2014, from, http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/LifestyleChanges_UCM_303934_Article.jsp