A week out from Valentines Day, a day filled with pricey romantic dinners, an over abundance of chocolate and expensive red roses that might not last in the heat or cold depending where you are, perhaps we ought to consider our actual physical heart.
Will you recognise your heart attack?
The warning signs of heart attack can be varied and may not always be sudden or severe. You may have just one of these symptoms, or a combination of them. They can come on suddenly or develop over
minutes and get progressively worse. Symptoms usually last for at least 10 minutes.
Warning signs could include:
• Discomfort or pain in the centre of your chest—this can often feels like a heaviness, tightness or
pressure. People who have had a heart attack have commonly described it as like an “elephant sitting
on my chest”, “a belt that’s been tightened around my chest” or ”bad indigestion”.The discomfort may spread to different parts of your upper body.
• Discomfort in these parts of your upper body:
You may have a choking feeling in your throat. Your arms may feel heavy or useless.
• You may also experience other signs and symptoms:
– feel short of breath
– feel nauseous
– have a cold sweat
– feel dizzy or light-headed.
Some people have also described feeling generally unwell or ”not quite right”. If you feel any heart
attack symptoms, refer to your action plan and get help fast –
In Australia call Triple Zero (000) In USA call 911 in Britain call 999
Kylie Sent this You Tube clip. See her comments
Give up smoking, please give up smoking. Eat healthy food. Get some exercise. Enjoy life. See heart health is easy….no promises, but it all helps. If it’s in your family go get tested. Do not stress, even over this. Take time out. Go for calmness.
Jane is a Speaker for the Queensland Heart Foundation