February is “Heart Month”. Because heart attacks are often fatal, early recognition and intervention is critical in saving lives. Therefore, it is very important that everyone be familiar with the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
CHEST PAIN OR DISCOMFORT could take the form of an ache, feeling or pressure, or squeezing in the chest, that doesn’t go away after a few minutes.
UPPER BODY PAIN with or without chest pain may be present in the shoulders, arms, back, neck, jaw, or even the teeth.
STOMACH PAIN that sometimes mimics heartburn may be present.
ANXIETY often occurs during an attack.
LIGHTHEADEDNESS also often occurs making the person feel dizzy or like they are going to pass out.
SWEATING may occur, the cold clammy variety.
NAUSEA AND VOMITING will often accompany the heart attack.
DO NOT disregard these symptoms. DO NOT wait longer than 5 minutes before seeking medical attention. It could mean the difference between life and death.
One of the best ways to help stay heart healthy is to get plenty of exercise, “KEEP MOVING”. However, for some people with joint problems it can be difficult. For many of these people, the simple addition of a knee brace, ankle brace, or back support, along with a cane for balance, can help that individual stay active.