Matters of the Heart:-Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Can you believe that every 40 seconds, someone suffers from a heart attack? Wow!!! I have never thought about it, but that is just so mind-blowing. Knowing this is reason enough for us to make better lifestyle choices. You see, our arteries carry blood to the heart, but when they become narrowed due to the build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances referred to as plagues, a heart attack may be the result. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely interrupted or cut off completely.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Despite this, many women regularly dismiss discomfort as the flu, aging, or acid reflux. Let us live by this phrase, “it is better to be safe than sorry.” Do not delay. Therefore, once you are experiencing any warning signs, call your doctor as soon as possible. You can also call 911 to ensure that all is well. This decision may save your life.

Know the signs so that you can catch them early

Heart attacks can be sudden and intense; others may start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Consequently, pay close attention to your body and know the signs.

If you have any of these signs, call 911 and get to a hospital right away.

  1. If you are experiencing pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of your chest lasting more than a few minutes, then it goes away and returns.
  2.  Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  3.  If you are having shortness of breath accompanied by chest discomfort. You should still call 911 if you have no chest discomfort. 
  4. Other signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
  5.  Similarly to men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain (angina) or discomfort. However, women may experience other symptoms typically less associated with heart attack, such as shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

Remember, both men and women are affected by a heart attacks. So know your facts and take the best care of yourselves. 

Until next time, God Bless.

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