Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Educate yourself on the dangers of heart disease and get on track to better heart health.
Heart disease is a number of abnormal conditions affecting the heart and the blood vessels in the heart.
Coronary Heart Disease is a condition that commonly leads to HEART ATTACKS. I will talk about the symptoms, causes, and treatments below; in an effort to education you on the “Preventative Heart Attack Maintenance Approach”.
Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes are all signs of a heart attack. Read on to learn more…
When you are at risk of a heart attack and/or having a heart attack, this ultimately means that a blockage in the heart’s arteries has reduced or completely cut off the blood supply to a portion of the heart.
This can cause a blood clot to form and totally stop blood flow in a coronary artery, resulting in a heart attack (also called an acute myocardial infarction or MI).
Irreversible injury to the heart muscle usually occurs if medical help is not received promptly. Unfortunately, it is common for people to dismiss heart attack symptoms; that’s why I’m here to bring awareness to them.
What are the warning signs of a heart attack?
The American Heart Association and other medical experts say the body likely will send one or more of these warning signals of a heart attack:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
- Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms. The pain may be mild to intense. It may feel like pressure, tightness, burning, or heavy weight. It may be located in the chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw, or inside the arms or shoulders.
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
- Anxiety, nervousness and/or cold, sweaty skin.
- Paleness or pallor.
- Increased or irregular heart rate.
- Feeling of impending doom.
Not all of these signs occur in every attack. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast. IF YOU NOTICE ONE OR MORE OF THESE SIGNS IN YOURSELF OR OTHERS, DON’T WAIT. CALL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (9-1-1) RIGHT AWAY In the event of cardiopulmonary arrest (no breathing or pulse), call 9-1-1 and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – Definition
A procedure designed to restore normal breathing after cardiac arrest that includes the clearance of air passages to the lungs, mouth-to-mouth method of artificial respiration, and heart massage by the exertion of pressure on the chest.
A method used in an emergency to save the life of a person whose heart has stopped beating that involves breathing into the victim’s mouth to force air into the lungs and pressing on the victim’s chest to cause blood to flow through the body
So if you don’t want a heart attack; how about we cut it off before it happens; by taking care of the heart disease before it attacks.
First you need to know some of the symptoms for heart disease!
Heart Disease Symptoms
Each type of heart disease has different symptoms, although many heart problems have similar symptoms.
1. Dizziness Upon Standing
According to data from University of North Carolina overwhelming light-headedness, which can span a few minutes, strikes certain individuals when they rise a little too quickly from a seated or prone position can be considered a blood flow issue and can predict cardiovascular failure in the future
2. Achy Arms
American Heart Association (AHA) stated that achy or fatigued arm muscles that mimic the sensation of lifting a too heavy object can strike in the months prior to a heart attack. This achiness can be due to a blockage in the circumflex artery.
3. How Long is Your Ring Finger?
University of Liverpool consider short ring fingers a sign of future heart trouble, with longer ring fingers (longer than the pointer finger) typically have a decreased risk of heart problems due to higher fetal testosterone exposure. However, if your ring finger is the same length or shorter than your pointer digit, the risk of heart disease is considered higher once you reach 40+ years.
4. Earlobe Creases
Department of Medicine, at University of Pennsylvania Hospital stated that you can judge your future risk of coronary artery disease just by taking a peek at your ear lobes. Strange as it sounds, the researchers note a telltale crease in one or both lobes—you may suffer future heart troubles.
5. Exercise Yawns
State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany), which shows the odd yawn is perfectly fine, but chronic yawns during exercise can indicate a wonky ticker. For instance, circulatory blocks can cause the body’s cooling system and heart to inefficient and those yawns may signal future issues with the heart.
6. Foul Breath
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, bad breath is a sign of gum disease, and gum disease causes inflammation and, eventually, cardiovascular disease. So if you avoid garlic and still suffer chronic bad breath, it may be time to book an appointment with your dentist, followed by your doctor.
Are you at risk of HEART DISEASE?
It’s darn sure a possibility especially if you are overweight!
Here’s some key point for you to research more, about heart disease!
Many tests can diagnose possible heart disease. The choice of which (and how many) tests to perform depends on the patient’s risk factors, history of heart problems, and current symptoms.
The long-term prognosis for both length and quality of life with heart disease depends on its severity and the preventative measures that are taken.
There are many different options available to treat and manage cardiac conditions.
We all know that following a healthy diet and keeping physically active helps to reduce the risk of developing heart disease but let’s start by LOWERING YOUR CHOLESTEROL:
Although most studies that prove that lowering cholesterol saves lives are done using drug therapy, the absolute mandate for improving cholesterol levels is to first make changes in lifestyle.
From surgery to medicine to exercise, your treatment recommendations could differ tremendously from those of another person with a similar diagnosis.
After being diagnosed with heart disease, you may be prescribed a specific drug regimen by your doctor. Find out the proper uses and side effects of your medications.
According to the American Heart Association, about 2,150 American’s die each day from heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular diseases. That is equals one death every 40 seconds. So, it is imperative that we stay aware and on the lookout for symptoms, stay healthy and commit to routine doctor checkups.
It’s called The “Preventative Heart Attack Maintenance Approach”