A Message from Gina;
February is Heart Attack Awareness Month. Did you know that more heart attacks occur on Monday then any other day of the week?
Most of us think heart attacks are sudden, but there are numerous symptoms that often go unnoticed that are possible indicators — if you know what to watch for. According to a recent Harvard study, only 25 percent of heart attack victims had no prior symptoms. The problem is, these danger signs aren’t necessarily the symptoms you’ve been warned about. Here are seven early warning signs that could save a life — yours or that of someone you love. Although these symptoms are often caused by problems other than an impending heart attack, if you notice them occurring, be sure to promptly contact a medical provider
1. Rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
What to do: Call the doctor right away.
2. Nausea, stomachache, and indigestion
What to do: If your nausea symptoms are definitely being brought on by physical activity, don’t delay in contacting your doctor, and ask about being evaluated for angina and coronary artery disease. If your indigestion symptoms aren’t related to exertion, keep an eye on them. You’ll still want to eventually get a checkup for further evaluation and treatment.
3. Extreme fatigue
What to do: Call your doctor and schedule a checkup. Be sure to mention the connection with exertion.
4. Anxiety attacks and insomnia
What to do: Ask yourself whether the anxiety is related to recent events or triggers, or whether it seems abnormal in proportion to life events. Sudden, unexplained anxiety or insomnia should be discussed with your doctor.
5.Pain in the shoulder, neck, jaw, or arm
What to do: Pain that doesn’t go away after several days merits a medical checkup. If the pain seems to move or radiate upward and out, this is important to tell to your doctor.
6. Breathlessness, dizziness, or a feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath
What to do: Shortness of breath can indicate a problem with the lungs, the heart, or both, so this symptom is always a reason to call the doctor.
7. Unusual, excessive sweating
What to do: If symptoms persist and seem unusual, call your doctor to talk through your concerns.