Keeping Up with your Healthy Heart
Posted on February 19, 2010

Did you know that cardiovascular diseases, including strokes, are America’s #1 killer? If you did, don’t stop reading yet.  If you didn’t, we’re glad to have informed you.

February is American Heart month, and it’s just a small reminder of how important it is to fully understand heart disease.  Knowing how to stay healthy is one thing, but understanding the signs of this silent attacker is another.

Anyone with high cholesterol, Arrhythmia, diabetes, high blood pressure, Metabolic Syndrome, Peripheral Artery Disease (often undiagnosed so do your research to identify the symptoms), Congenital Heart Disease, and obesity are at an even greater risk of Stroke or a Heart Attack.  And since a Stroke and/or Heart Attack can come on so suddenly, we really need to know what to look for.

Warning Signs of Stroke and Heart Attack

According to the American Heart Association, these are the warning signs to look for:

Heart Attack

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness    

Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you or anyone you know shows any of these signs, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.
Knowing these signs is a matter of life and death, so please take the time to do your research!