WE all know heart attacks can cause chest pain and shortness of breath, but did you know symptoms can vary between men and women? One woman is warning all others to be aware of what a heart attack feels like after she almost died earlier this month. Posting on Twitter under the name gwheezie the nurse told of how she had a 95 per cent blockage in her heart, but never had chest pains. "The pain ran across my upper back, shoulder blades and equally down both arms," she wrote. "It felt like burning and aching. "I actually thought it was muscle strain. It wasn’t until I broke into drenching sweat and started vomiting that I called 911." She said she had spent the week helping her neighbour clean out her barn, so assumed the pain was down to a muscle strain and nothing more. She decided to take pain killers and put a heat pack on her shoulder to ease the pain - but she could have died because she didn't recognise it was actually chest pain. "The day before my heart attack I drove six … [Read more...] about The heart attack symptoms EVERY woman needs to know – as woman’s tweet about signs goes viral
Diet following heart attack
Almost 50,000 women in the Women's Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial from Harvard Medical School were given dietary counseling to reduce their fat intake to less than 20 percent of their daily calories. (Clinical Diabetes, July 2006). This intense dietary counseling did not reduce the incidence of heart attacks, strokes, or cancers even though the women reduced their intake of fat by 8.2 percent.Their data from the eight-year follow up show that it is difficult to reduce total fat intake, and that dietary counseling to reduce total fat intake does not reduce the risk of heart attacks or cancers. It lowered weight only an average three pounds and diastolic blood pressure only slightly. However, other studies have shown that reducing total fat intake does lower risk for certain cancers.The probable reason for these dismal results is that food contains both good fats and bad fats. Most doctor agree that we should restrict saturated fats found in meat, chicken and whole … [Read more...] about Fat Restriction Does Not Reduce Heart Attacks, Strokes or Cancers
If you have never pay attention to your eating habits, you should start doing it. Why? Well, one of the most important concerns regarding diets is cholesterol. You probably don't know but, if you have never followed a healthy diet, you might have high levels of cholesterol. We all need to pay attention o what we eat; we could say that our lives depend on it. Are you the kind of person who read the nutritional facts on the products you buy? Or are you just like I used to be, someone who doesn't really care about what you are putting in your body as long as it tastes good? Believe me, if you don't start to control your diet, obesity, weakness and/or cholesterol will control you.Fortunately, there are several effective cholesterol lowering diets these days. This cholesterol lowering topic is getting more and more attention as time moves forward. However, health issues aren't improving. You see, it doesn't matter the volume of information about diets and cholesterol that is being published … [Read more...] about How To Reduce Cholesterol Through Diet – Your Heart Will Thank You, And The Weight Scale Too!
1. We smoke.The risk of dying of a heart attack is about four times higher in people who smoke than in those who don't smoke.Many of us are under the impression that the major danger from smoking is cancer but that is not quite true; smoking is the major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. In fact, about 40% of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease are due to smoking.Smoking contributes to heart disease in the following manner:o Increases blood pressure, a risk for heart attacks and strokes.o The carcinogen components in tobacco damage the walls of the arteries.o The carbon monoxide from the burning of the tobacco interferes with the blood capacity to carry oxygen to our heart.o Smoking causes the narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to our legs and arms.I know that to stop smoking is not a piece of cake but you have to make an effort. If you try, I am confident you'll succeed. Be strong! Look for professional help to assist you in this task. … [Read more...] about 7 Main Reasons Why We Die of Heart Attacks
You can easily calculate your risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack by going to the National Cholesterol Education Program's website. All you need to know is your cholesterol (total and HDL - good cholesterol), your latest blood pressure, and whether you are on medication to control blood pressure. The other information you need you should know already - your age, gender, and whether you smoke.The number generated is your risk of having a heart attack over the next ten years. If your risk is 5 percent, that means if 100 people with the same risk profile, i.e. same cholesterol, blood pressure, age, gender, etc., were followed over 10 years, five of those individuals would die or suffer from a heart attack over that time. The other 95 individuals would do just fine.The calculator should not be used for people who have diabetes or who have had a heart attack or heart disease (coronary artery disease) in the past as these individuals are already considered high … [Read more...] about Calculate Your Heart Attack Risk Now