February is American Heart Health Month

Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. It needs a constant supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients delivered by arteries. Should an artery become obstructed or blocked, heart muscle can begin to die within a matter of minutes. This is what is a heart attack.

Did you know?

Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer. Symptoms for women tend to be somewhat different than those associated with men. Women don’t usually experience the type of chest pains commonly associated with men. This misconception can pose a health risk as women tend not to recognize their symptoms and delay seeking treatment. But for either gender, don’t expect symptoms to occur as portrayed in movies where players dramatically clutch their chests and collapse. In real life, symptoms can be insidiously subtle.

For women, symptoms usually include:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Lower-chest discomfort often mistaken as indigestion.
  • Heaviness or pain between shoulder blades.
  • Nausea and dizziness.
  • Pain in the jaw.
  • Chest pain, though more subtle than in men.

For men, symptoms usually include:

  • Chest pain – anywhere from subtle to crushingly severe.
  • Nausea or dizziness, often with profuse sweating.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Rapid pulse or irregular heartbeat.
  • Sudden, unexplained fatigue or weakness. 

To help lower your risks:

Have regular medical evaluations that include checking your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and, if the physician feels the need, glucose levels. If so indicated, a cardiologist may perform additional tests to further assess your heart’s condition.










  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid tobacco use in any form.
  • Commit to a diet high in fiber and low in saturated fats.
  • Get adequate sleep, usually about seven hours a night.











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