We Treat the Hearts of Ventura and LA Counties
We know you’ve heard this before —heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But this is a statistic worth repeating, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. While symptoms vary widely for both men and women, most heart attack victims experienced no previous symptoms. It’s crucial to know your personal risk factors and to take the appropriate steps to decrease your risk.
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
Do you know what your heart is saying? Most of us live fast paced lives that oftentimes cause us to overlook the signals that our body sends us. Take a look at some of the most common symptoms of a Heart Attack to see if you may be at risk:
- Pain or discomfort in the
- Arms or shoulders
- Jaw, neck, upper abdomen or back
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
Other symptoms, that are more common in women, can include extreme, unexplained fatigue, heartburn, nausea and/or vomiting. If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
What's a normal heart rate?
Your heart rate, or pulse, is indicated by the number of times your heart beats per minute. The healthier your heart, the slower your pulse will be since your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood. A normal resting heart rate is typically between the parameters of 60 to 100 beats per minute; while a trained athlete may have one as low as 40 beats per minute. To check your pulse, place your finger on the inside of your wrist or elbow, or on the side of your neck and count the number of beats during a 60 second interval. It is important to check your pulse regularly so you can be aware of any changes.
6 tips to lower blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure it’s important to understand what is causing it. In some cases, your blood pressure can be controlled and even cured by committing to lifestyle changes that include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
- Quitting Smoking
- Eating plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, and non-fat dairy
- Limiting salt intake to below 1,500 mg/day
- Limiting alcohol to two 4-oz servings a day for men and one for women