February – Heart Health Month

We all have women in our lives whose very breath fills us with joy…But, it has been found that women have very different symptoms of heart attacks. If you turn to this page and are experiencing the symptoms listed below – CALL 911 – don’t wait…

http://usgovinfo.about.com/cs/healthmedical/a/

Women’s symptoms not as predictable as a man’s…

According to Patricia A.Grady, PhD, RN, Director of the NINR, “Increasingly, it is evident that women’s symptoms are not as predictable as men’s. This study offers hope that both women and clinicians will realize the wide range of symptoms that can indicate heart attack. It is important not to miss the earliest possible opportunity to prevent or ease AMI, which is the number one cause of death in both women and men.”

The women’s major symptoms prior to their heart attack included:

•Unusual fatigue – 70%
•Sleep disturbance – 48%
•Shortness of breath – 42%
•Indigestion – 39%
•Anxiety – 35%

Major symptoms during the heart attack include:

•Shortness of breath – 58%
•Weakness – 55%
•Unusual fatigue – 43%
•Cold sweat – 39%
•Dizziness – 39%

In other words, there really is no definitive symptom for either before or during a heart attack for women. We all have experienced these occurences and many of them all at the same time. But, with time so valuable when you are in the middle of a heart attack.

According to the http://www.womenshealth.gov/

Do women need to worry about heart disease?

Yes.
Among all U.S. women who die each year, one in four dies of heart disease. In 2004, nearly 60 percent more women died of cardiovascular disease (both heart disease and stroke) than from all cancers combined. The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease. All women should take steps to prevent heart disease.

Both men and women have heart attacks, but more women who have heart attacks die from them. Treatments can limit heart damage but they must be given as soon as possible after a heart attack starts. Ideally, treatment should start within one hour of the first symptoms.

With the necessity for heart health it is critical that we do all we can to keep our hearts as healthy as we can. Melaleuca / Distinct Inspirations has a “Heart Health” patented system that will help protect the hearts of the ones you love. Contact me at distinctinspirations@gmail.com for more information. A heart is a terrible thing to hurt…

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