Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association.
Adults with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to have heart disease ora stroke than adults without the condition. Because of the severity of heart conditions, THV11 wants to remind you of ways to get your heart healthy and live a more active life.
The American Heart Association suggests that losing as few as 10 pounds and becoming more physically activecan lower your heart disease risk.
Two of the most common and serious heart condition issues are heart attacks and strokes. Learn more about how to identify and treat each of these below:
HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS
- Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Other Upper Body Discomfort
- Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of Breath
- With or without chest discomfort.
- May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
STROKE WARNING SIGNS- F.A.S.T.
- Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
- Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately
CARDIAC ARREST WARNING SIGNS
- No response to tapping on shoulders.
- The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds.
National Park Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute: http://on.kthv.com/MvGjgr
What does my cholesterol level mean? - http://on.kthv.com/1bfis0n
Facts on women and heart disease - http://on.kthv.com/1oJ4Wph
American Hearth Association - www.heart.org