A heart attack happens to someone about every 43 seconds. It happens when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. The arteries that supply blood can become narrow from build up of fat, cholesterol and plaque. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women.
What Are the Signs?
According to the American Heart Association, these are the signs you may be having a heart attack.
- 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, between shoulders, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
- Chest pain
- Burning feeling in the chest
- New or worse headaches
- Feeling scared or nervous
- Feeling tired, even after getting enough sleep
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, please talk to your doctor.
Ways to Lower Your Risks
- Being stressed, angry or sad may increase your risk of heart attack.
- Stay active. Just walking for 30 minutes everyday can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.
- Eat healthy. Check out some of these great recipes for healthy eating.
- Don’t smoke. And stay away from those who do smoke.
- Eat less salt.
It is recommended that you have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly, especially if heart disease ruins in your family. Please talk to your doctor if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above. There are medicines that can help cut down the risks.
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