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February is AMERICAN HEART AWARENESS MONTH, which means it is time for some HEART DISEASE AWARENESS.
Unfortunately, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (CVD) often strikes without warning, and the first hint of it may be sudden death, a heart attack, or a stroke!!!
However, there are Signs and Symptoms of CVD that may tip you off that you are headed for big trouble.
ANGINA is pain in the chest that is a classic symptom of an impending heart attack, and it means that your heart is literally crying out for help.
ANGINA is not a disease, it is usually a symptom of CORNOARY HEART DISEASE (CHD).
It may also occur in locations other than the chest such as the back, arm, and even the jaw. It may or may not be associated with activity. If it does occur, it may be misinterpreted as indigestion or an upset stomach.
The best advice is, don’t take a chance—go to the nearest hospital right away to be checked to make sure you are not having a heart attack.
Half of people who have heart attacks die on the first occurrence.
There may not be a second chance if you are having a heart attack and don’t get immediate medical attention.
Shortness of breath, a fast heart beat, excessive sweating, unexplained weakness and tiredness, nausea and dizziness may also occur.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) is often called The SILENT KILLER, because there may not be any signs or symptoms warning you of its presence until you are actually having a Heart Attack or STROKE.
Symptoms of HYPERTENSION may include headache, dizziness, rapid heart beat (palpitations), or blurred vision.
STROKE is caused when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, and it can also be caused by blood clots in these arteries or whenever a brain artery is ruptured or bursts, causing cerebral hemorrhage, which commonly occurs in BLACK WOMEN who have HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
STROKE is generally a sudden occurrence, often without warning.
WARNING SIGNS Of STROKE may be sudden numbness or weakness of the limbs or face, especially on one side, sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or walking, difficulty focusing the eyes, and headache.
The development of cardiovascular disease begins at an early age, and so can the foundation for a healthy heart.
BLACK WOMEN can learn to control some of the risk factors by making small improvements that can lead to large benefits. For example, losing only 10 to 20 pounds can help lower your heart disease risk. Other steps to reducing heart disease risk include:
- Learn the risk factors and the symptoms of heart disease and if you have them, see your doctor.
- Don't smoke.
- Eat well-balanced meals that are low in fat and cholesterol and include several daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
- Engage in at least 30 minutes of a moderate-intensity activity such as brisk walking or another activity that you enjoy such as dancing at least five days a week. If you need to, divide the period into shorter timeframes of at least 10 minutes each.
- Know your numbers – have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly to ensure that they are in a healthy range.
- Keep your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol under control.
PEACE, LOVE, And HAPPY HEALTHY HEART-FILLED BLESSINGS;