If you think may be experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack,
do not wait to see if they go away. If you experience discomfort or
pain in the chest, unusual shortness of breath (especially if you
are a woman), heart palpitations, discomfort in the arms, back,
neck or jaw, bluish fingernails, nausea (women) or lightheadedness,
or have another condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure,
call 911 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
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What to Do If You Think You Are Having a Heart
Call 9-1-1 immediately. Tell the operator you think you are
having a heart attack. The first three to six hours after the onset
of a heart attack are critical. It is important to get medical
attention at once. Delaying medical attention can lead to permanent
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For years we have been taught the warning signs of a heart attack and what we are now learning is that these are great for men. Will someone do an article about how women's symptoms are very different and often overlooked by doctors? This is an excellent and very current question that has not been well studied, although there has been much talk about the subject for years. From a historical perspective it is our society’s fault. The societal fault is complex. I still run into the "politically correct" police at times, and last year actually got told that the name of a lecture that I was giving, “Women are not just little men when it comes to heart disease,” was inappropriate. Somehow, someone thought that discussing the differences between men and women was “sexist” in some manner. We have to get over some silly ideas. Our country has been among the slowest to advance to the point that as many women as men became doctors. Likewise, we “protected” women ...
Research indicates that colder weather during the winter months can actually result in an increase in cardiovascular events, particularly if you already have high blood pressure . With coronary heart disease being the number one killer in America, and stroke being number three, it's clear that we need to be vigilant and take any precautions we can. The good news is that you can reduce your risk factors significantly by simply knowing the warning signs, and by responding quickly. The American Heart Association advise that those who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, such as lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. They caution that walking through heavy, wet snow or snowdrifts can put added strain on the heart. To keep warm, it is best to wear layers of clothing, and a hat or headscarf if you plan to go outdoors. Heart Attack Just thinking about having a heart attack can be particularly frightening, however if you learn the warning ...
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