Women’s Heart Attack Week (Feb 1-7)

Wednesday, February 1st: February 1st through 7th is WOMEN’S HEART ATTACK WEEK. Feb. 1st focuses on ‘Risk & Symptoms Awareness.’ Women’s symptoms typically differ from men’s heart attack symptoms. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) studied 515 women. Results showed that 95 percent knew their symptoms were different a month or more before their cardiac episode: unusual fatigue, sleep disturbance and shortness of breath. Fewer than 30% had chest pain or discomfort prior to their heart attack and 43% reported having NO chest pain during any phase of the attack.

Women’s major symptoms prior to a heart attack included: Unusual fatigue (70%), sleep disturbance (48%), Shortness of breath (42%), Indigestion (39%) and Anxiety (35%).

Major symptoms during the heart attack included: Shortness of breath (58%), Weakness (55%), Unusual fatigue (43%), Cold sweat (39%) and Dizziness (39%).

For more information on Women’s Heart Attack Week, see www.womensheart.org. Celebrate life this week by gaining knowledge about women’s heart attacks. We’re all going to die one day, that’s one finale no one can avoid, but why hurry it along? Let’s take care of ourselves and give ourselves time to live a full, complete life, accomplishing what we came here to do.

Thursday, February 2nd: We’re celebrating WOMEN’S HEART ATTACK WEEK this week. February 2nd focuses on ‘Exercise & Fitness’.

E-how Health states, “Exercise has been clinically proven to help prevent heart attacks. In fact, a rigorous cardiovascular exercise program is one the most beneficial things you can do to prevent a heart attack, or to protect yourself from subsequent heart attacks if you’ve already had one. Exercise is especially important for women, who suffer fatal heart attacks four to six times more than men, especially after age 65. If you or a loved one are at risk due to genetics or medical history, then you should know how to use exercise to prevent heart attacks.”

For more tips and information, see their complete post at: http://www.ehow.com/how_2048172_use-exercise-prevent-heart-attacks.html

Friday, February 3rd: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, maybe an apple, a fish, a little broccoli … February 1st through 7th is WOMEN’S HEART ATTACK WEEK. Feb. 3rd focuses on ‘Nutrition & Supplements’. What we eat (and DON’T eat) plays a huge role in a heart healthy diet. See these two web pages for some good basic information: http://www.livestrong.com/article/373078-what-nutrition-helps-heart-health/ and http://health-heart.org/.

A few supplements that may benefit heart health are: fish oil, krill or flaxseed oil, fiber, coenzyme Q10, or vitamin E, along with increased fiber from food sources or supplements.  See these web pages for additional information: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplementing-your-heart-health-omega-3-plant-sterols or http://www.health-heart.org/vitamins.htm.

Here’s to a healthy diet and a healthy heart!

Saturday, February 4th: Stress … does it or doesn’t it? It’s WOMENS HEART ATTACK WEEK. Today focuses on Holistic Health & Stress Management.

Dailyheal.com states, “While most people know that not smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet can all help to prevent the onset of heart disease, new research reports that practicing meditation daily in conjunction with living a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with cardiovascular disease …

Research showed that 20 minutes of meditation practiced twice daily reduced a participant’s chances of dying or having a heart attack or stroke by 47 percent. The study compared the meditation group to those who received only traditional care.”

For the complete article, see: http://dailyheal.com/meditation-news/can-meditation-reduce-the-risk-of-heart-disease/

Sunday, February 5th: Here a pill, there a pill … This is WOMENS HEART ATTACK WEEK and today focuses on Medication Safety.

Here’s five ‘Dos and Don’ts’ from webmd.com. These 10 drug DOs and DON’Ts can help you make sure that your medication works safely to improve your health.

DO take each medication exactly as it has been prescribed.

DO make sure that all your doctors know about all your medications.

DO let your doctors know about any other over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, or herbs that you use.

DO try to use the same pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions, so that they can help you keep track of everything you’re taking.

DO keep medications out of the reach of children.

DON’T change your medication dose or schedule without talking with your doctor.

DON’T use medication prescribed for someone else.

DON’T crush or break pills unless your doctor instructs you to do so.

DON’T use medication that has passed its expiration date.

DON’T store your medications in locations that are either too hot or too cold. For example, the bathroom cabinet may not be the best place for your medication.

Monday, February 6th: Our health, be it heart related or any other medical condition, benefits most from a team approach. It’s not just us; it’s not just the doctors. It’s WOMENS HEART ATTACK WEEK and today focuses on Health Care Self Management.

Familydoctor.org states, “In self-management, you and your doctor are partners in care. Your doctor can provide valuable advice and information to help you deal with your illness. However, the treatment plan that works best for one person with your condition won’t necessarily work best for you. Talk to your doctor about the different treatment options available and help him or her create a plan that’s right for you. After all, nobody knows more than you do about your feelings, your actions and how your health problems affect you.”

It’s your life, it’s your health. Be involved. Ask questions. Make a plan. Know what’s best for YOUR health.

See the entire article at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/healthcare-management/self-care/self-management-taking-charge-of-your-health.html

Tuesday, February 7th: A positive outlook, laughter and a positive self image all improve our lives and our health. It’s WOMENS HEART ATTACK WEEK and today focuses on Positive Self Image.

Here’s some recommendations from ehow.com to build your self image:

z         Exercise 20 to 30 minutes daily in the sunlight.

z         Eat healthy meals and snacks. Healthy eating can lead to physical and emotional wellness.

z         Avoid negative people.

z         Bring a pet to work.

z         Wear clothes that make you feel good.

z         Create a positive affirmation journal

See more at http://www.ehow.com/how_7161881_build-positive-self-image.html

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