February is American Heart Health Month and is a great time to take a moment to consider your heart health. Did you know that each year American’s suffer more than 2,000,000 heart attacks and strokes? With more than 800,000 deaths each year, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in American men and women.
Through proper nutrition, stress management, physical activity and weight management you can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. It is also important to know the signs of a heart attack or stroke.
Heart Attack: Warning signs from the American Heart Association
- Chest Discomfort – usually in the center of the chest that lasts a few minutes or goes away and comes back. This discomfort can come in the form of pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Upper Body Discomfort – pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of Breath
- Nausea, Cold Sweat, or Lightheadedness
Stroke: Act F.A.S.T.
- F – Face; does one side of the face droop when the person smiles?
- A – Arm or Leg Weakness; does one arm/leg drift downward when raised?
- S – Speech; is their speech slurred or strange?
- T – Time; if you observe any of these signs call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs seek emergency help, it is a matter of minutes that may save someone’s life.
For more information on how to stay heart healthy visit MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Saddleback Memorial.