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Warning Signs of a Heart Attack, for both Men and WOMEN.
Heart Attacks are far too Common to ignore.
I was going through my mail the other day, and I picked up an advertisement for one of the hospitals in the area.
Stuck to the inside of the advertisement, was one of those refrigerator magnets that so many other companies include in their advertisement packaging these days.
It's a common thing to find such "throw-away" items included in your magazines and other junk mail. They hope that you, the potential customer, will place it on your fridge for future reference, and maybe even call them to ask about their product.
And, like so many of my fellow junk mail recipients, I peeled the magnet from the magazine page, glanced at it quickly and then I tossed it onto my desk to check out later.
Normally, I would just toss such things into the trash right away, along with most of my junk mail.
But, you see, I do like to have magnets to hold my own notes and other things things to the front of our fridge.
My fridge, like with so many of my friends, holds important information that I need to keep up with. It holds such things as Doctor appointment cards, pictures of our grand-kids, reminders of upcoming events, notes of all kinds, and often just trivial items that I want to be reminded of regularly.
And the fridge is my friend, one that I visit many times a day, as can be attested to by my waistline.
The Human Heart
A Heart Attack on a Plate
Heart Disease differences for Women
But, I digress! Again!
The information on the little magnet was interesting enough for me that I went on a binge of Google Searches, that day, on the subject. And what I learned was interesting if not shocking.
I learned that over 500,000 women a year will die from heart disease.
And I also learned that Heart Disease is actually the leading cause of death for women.
In fact, it turns out that the ACTUAL top-five leading causes of death in women are;
- Heart Disease 36%
- Breast Cancer 4%
- Unspecified Cancer 3%
- Ovarian/Uterine Cancer 2%
- AIDS 1%
And, I learned during my web searches that day, that many times, when women do have a heart attack, they are often treated differently because of misconceptions by the medical profession on how women actually exhibit signs of heart disease.
Fitbit Activity and Heart Rate Monitor
A Useful Fridge Magnet on Heart Attack Signs
Later that day, I picked the magnet up and checked it out to determine if it deserved a spot on my Fridge with my other magnets.
It turned out to be a table of the Common Signs of Heart Attacks for both Men as well as for Women.
Being a male, I have had the typical signs beat into my head over the years and so often that even a dullard like myself knew them.
I guess what caught my eye was the fact that there were not only a number of different and more subtle signs of having a heart attack, for WOMEN, but I had no clue about several of them.
I showed it to my wife and she said; Silly, Of Course I know these!
So, I decided to give her a little impromptu quiz.
I asked her which if the symptoms were for men and which were for women. Let's just say that by the time we finished my quiz, she had done so badly, that I ended up in the doghouse for several hours.
OK, don't ask, its one of those Mars and Venus traps that I and so many other men fall into, even after years of marriage.
I still don't know how it became my fault that she didn't know these important signs of a Heart Attack for Women.
I am not quite sure, but it probably resulted from my making fun of her not knowing.
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Share the chart of Heart Attack Signs
So, after a little more thought, I decided that this was a pretty important magnet to have on my Fridge.
In fact, I took care to place it at eye level, for my wife, sh=o that she would see it often. And possibly remember this important information.
So, below, I have included a simple table similar to my new Fridge magnet that lists the Common Signs of Heart Attack for both MEN and for WOMEN.
It would behoove all of us to learn and understand its important message..
I know it isn't a nice Fridge Magnet like mine, but you might want to print and cut this table out and then place it on your FRIDGE with another magnet.
Who knows, it could save your life!
Signs of HEART ATTACK for MEN and WOMEN
Pain in one or both Arms, Neck, Jaw, Back or Stomach
Shortness of Breath
Dizziness or Light Headedness
Breaking Out in a Cold Sweat
Uncomfortable Pressure, Fullness, Pain or Discomfort in the chest
Overwhelming or Unusual Fatigue
Nausea and Vomiting
Activity and Heart Monitors are a popular personal tool
It's hard to go anywhere and not see someone who is wearing one of the new wristband Activity and Heart Monitors.
Some do just this and sync with your Smartphone,to provide you with not only your heart rate statistics.
The great thing with most of these great health tools is that they also will monitor and store the number of steps you take each day and how active you are while you sleep.
All of this data is synced with your Smartphone, and presented to you so that you can control your activity and improve your health, at your pace and in your own way.
And, if you add to this the fact that you can decide to allow the manufacturer will provide you with a varied series of information emails designed to aid you in getting better control of your lifestyle. Advice on eating habits, diet and even custom exercise programs are available to you if you wish to use them in your personal health toolbox.
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© 2013 Don Bobbitt