Posted on Feb 27, 2014
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease and Professional In Home Care
February is drawing to a close and spring will soon be right around the corner. It’s almost time for spring cleaning and making room in our homes for the things we love and removing items we no longer care for. February is a great month to take special note of our hearts as it is American Heart Month. It’s time to remove the bad habits that are hurting our hearts and start to make room for heart healthy diets and activities.
Heart disease is the main cause of death for men and women in the United States. Heart disease is the most deadly and kills more than all forms of cancer combined. Common signs of a heart attack include tightening chest pain and the pain is usually very intense. We all know when this symptom happens to call 911 immediately. One might not realize there are many other signs of heart disease that should not be ignored; especially for people older than 65.
Some lesser known signs and symptoms of heart disease include anxiety and chest discomfort including pressure, squeezing, and fullness in the general breastbone area. Women have shown signs of heart disease with a burning sensation in their chest. Other signs and symptoms of heart disease include nausea or lack of appetite, fatigue, dizziness, and a persistent cough. A rapid pulse can be a signal of impending heart failure if accompanied by weakness, dizziness or shortness of breath.
Some heart attack symptoms that are common in men slightly differ when experienced by a woman. Women are more likely to experience symptoms while resting or even while they are asleep. Mental stress is also a common trigger in women. Mental stress and depression can affect a woman’s heart more than a man’s. Depression makes it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Smoking also has a greater effect on a woman’s heart health when compared to a man’s heart.
There are some effective ways to reduce the risk for heart disease. One very important and quick head start to a healthier heart is to put out the last cigarette. The minute a person quits smoking, their risk for heart disease is dramatically reduced. Try to exercise regularly and squeeze in thirty minutes of activity a day, or at least a couple times a week. Choose more wholesome foods and aim for more vegetables over fatty meats and salty foods. Whenever possible, take care of your heart in ways that reduce stress. Grab a favorite book and take an hour or so to yourself. It’s important to recharge emotionally as well as physically caring for our hearts.
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