World Heart Day was formed to create community alertness of risk features for heart stroke and disease and to endorse preventative measures. This Sunday September 26th is World Heart Day.
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Stay active
- Reduce stress
- Get your blood pressure checked and under control
- Control cholesterol
- Lose weight
- Reduce blood sugar
- Stop smoking
Warning Signs of a Stroke
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack:
The signs generally last for more than a few minutes
- Ache in chest: heart attack generally causes uneasiness or ache in the middle of chest. The ache may come on swiftly, or begins gradually and getting worse. A feeling of pressure, squeezing, fullness, heaviness or tightness may also be experienced. The sensitivity has been depicted as: ‘like an elephant sitting on my chest’, ‘like a red hot poker in the centre of my chest’ or ‘like a steel band tightening around my chest’. And the ache might be mild, severe or even moderate.
- Ache spreading: chest pain may spread to throat and neck, shoulders, jaw, the backside, or both arms and also even into hands and wrists.
- Uneasiness in upper body: a few people do not feel any type of chest pain- only uneasiness in upper body. And there might be an unpleasant feeling in throat. And the arms also may feel ‘useless’ or ‘heavy’.
- Other symbols: frequently there may be difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, vomiting or nausea, light–headedness (a feeling of being faint) or a cold sweat.
- A feeling that something isn’t right.
What to do if you think you are having a heart attack or stroke
STOP whatever you are doing.
- CALL 911.
- TELL someone what is happening. Many people don’t want to cause a bother or wake someone up, this inaction can be fatal.
EVERY MINUTE COUNTS and CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE or DEATH!
http://www.heart.org/ – American Heart Association
http://www.stroke.org/ – National Stroke Association (USA)
http://www.heartandstroke.ca/ – Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada