Originally published Feb. 13, 2012
What would you do if you were experiencing chest pain, discomfort in areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, nausea, or lightheadedness? Would you seek medical attention immediately or would you ignore the symptoms? Ignoring the signs and symptoms of a heart attack could potentially be life-threatening.
Warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack are:
- Chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Georgia. According to the American Heart Association, 21,389 Georgians died from heart disease in 2007. Approximately 145,000 hospitalizations occurred among Georgia residents due to heart disease in 2008. The cost of heart disease in Georgia in 2008 is estimated at $11.7 billion, which includes direct health care costs and lost productivity from morbidity and mortality.
Total cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dL
Blood Pressure: Less than 120/80 mmHG
Fasting Glucose: Less than 100 mg/dL
Body Mass Index: Less than 25
During the month of February make it a priority to know your numbers by scheduling an appointment with your health care provider. Healthy numbers mean a healthy heart. If you follow a healthy lifestyle - eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and avoid tobacco products - you can turn bad numbers around!
10 Ways to Love Your Heart
- Get regular check-ups
- Know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers
- Follow doctor's recommendations for diet and exercise
- Take prescribed medication as directed
- If your smoke, quit now!
- Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day
- Eat a heart healthy diet, including fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods, and fish
- Limit foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol
- For average Americans, limit your salt intake to 2,300 mg of sodium per day
- If you drink alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation - an average of no more than one drink per day.
Source: American Heart Association