February is American Heart Month
February 8, 2019
Littleton, NH - Littleton Regional Healthcare wants to remind everyone that February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack is very important. People have a far better chance of survival when treatment begins quickly. If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, you should call 911 immediately.
Here are the major signs of a heart attack:
- Chest pain or discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
- Other symptoms. May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
To lower your risk of developing heart disease, you can make healthy changes. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
- Watch your weight.
- Get active and eat healthy.
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. For women, drink no more than 3 drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week. For men, drink no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week.
Visit https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/ to learn more about Hearth Month today.