Neighborhood Safe Neighborhood # 20: Heart Attack!


Neighborhood Safe Neighborhood # 20: Heart Attack!

by Staff Neighborhood Safety Reporter

Welcome to the Bellevue Zone’s twentieth installment of personal and community safety tips YOU should know …

February is American Heart Month, a reminder of the importance of heart health. Heart disease is second only to cancer. Every 40 seconds in America, someone is having a heart attack.

During this pandemic, some people have avoided going to hospitals for emergency care, out of fear of being exposed to COVID-19 at the hospital. If you’re experiencing signs of a heart attack, it’s urgent to get to the hospital quickly, to get the care that you need.

If you think that you’re having a heart attack, don’t drive to the hospital; call 911. Emergency medical responders can provide critical care when they arrive at your home, and if an ambulance brings you to the hospital, you should be seen in the emergency room quickly.

Also, if you think that you’re having a heart attack and you’ve recovered from COVID-19, you or your family members should mention this detail to the EMTs and the doctors in the emergency room. Viral infections may increase your risk of additional heart inflammation or complications.

Have you heard of a ‘silent’ heart attack?

The symptoms are so mild, you may think you have the flu, indigestion, or a strained muscle causing an ache in your chest or upper back. Subsequently, blood flow to a section of the heart is temporarily blocked, causing irreparable damage to the heart muscle. You may be experiencing prolonged and excessive fatigue that is unexplained.

Let’s review ALL of the heart attack symptoms:

The signs are different for men vs women. Women are more likely to experience other symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, jaw pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or extreme fatigue.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, because women are more likely to disregard their symptoms!

Heart Attack Symptoms

Chest Discomfort

__ Shortness of Breath

__ Do you feel uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest?

__ Did it last more than a few minutes?

__ Did it go away and come back?

Upper Body pain or discomfort?

__ In one of both arms

__ In the back

__ Neck

__ Jaw

__ Stomach

Other Symptoms:

__ Cold sweat

__ Nausea

__ Lightheadedness

Stroke Symptoms

Spot a stroke F.A.S.T. (Face/Arm/Speech/Time…)

__ Face Drooping

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?

Ask the person to smile.

__ Weakness or numbness on one side of the body, particularly the face, arm or leg

Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

__ Speech Difficulty
Is speech slurred and difficult to understand?

Are they unable to speak?

Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

__ Vision

Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes

__ Walking difficulty

Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

__ Severe headache with no known cause

What are your risk factors?

__ High blood pressure
__ High cholesterol
__ Smoking
__ Family history of heart disease
__ Obesity

Resolution in 2022: Avoid a Heart Attack:

__ Don’t smoke, and avoid second-hand smoke

__ Treat high blood pressure if you have it

__ Eat foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium (salt) and added sugars

__ Be physically active

__ Reach and maintain a healthy weight.

__ Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes

__ Get regular medical check-ups

__ Take medicine as prescribed


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