FROM OUR PRESIDENT CONNIE COFFMAN:
Did you know that heart attacks have beginnings? Like other diseases, heart attacks have early signs and symptoms which occur in over 50% of heart patients! However, the important thing about this is that if they are recognized in time, these “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged.
This month I will give you some information that my husband received at his weekly cardiac rehab class. As we read the daily obituaries in the newspapers and on line, we have noticed that a large majority have died because of a heart issue! It strikes young and old, sometimes without warnings but many of us, including myself, are not really aware of the early signs and symptoms.
Just how can you or I prevent a heart attack? The most important thing to know is that we must understand the risk factors and see a doctor for early diagnosis. The signs and symptoms differ in the way heart attacks occur in men and women! So first, let’s explore the early signs and symptoms! Someone may experience any or all of these symptoms!
When they first start, they can be mild, or they may come and go! Over time, these symptoms and pain increase until the victim collapses.
These are the signs and symptoms:
- Feeling of fullness
- Chest pressure, squeezing, aching or burning
- Shortness of breath
- Back pain
- Excessive fatigue
- Jaw pain
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
SURVIVE – DON’T DRIVE – CALL 9-1-1!
Now you might be ready to join EHAC. What is that? Early Heart Attack Care education that asks you to learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so that you can become an active bystander to save a life, even if it is yours! Did you know that over 800,000 people die in the United States every year from a heart attack!
What’s more, on average, 50% of these patients displayed but ignored the warning signs. Next month I will explain the risk factors so that you get a better understanding of them. And the difference between men vs. women having these risk factors.
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