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When I was growing up, my mother told me that fish was good for your brain. I don’t know where she heard that, but it stuck with me. Until we moved to Alaska, where we ate the salmon, halibut and Dolly Varden trout that we caught, my fish diet was limited to Fish Sticks on Friday and my favorite choice at McDonalds, the Filet-o-Fish sandwich.
This could save your life or the life of someone you know and love!!!!
NURSE’S HEART ATTACK EXPERIENCE written by: “A nurse who was circulating her account of her experience via the internet to reach and educate as many women as she could.”
I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on! FEMALE HEART ATTACKS I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I’ve ever had.Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction)… Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack …. you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack. (more…)
Yes, because most of us associate a heart attack or heart disease with crushing chest pain. And yet, for women, the signs of heart disease can be so mild that we ignore them.
As many of you know, I have a serious addiction to Dark Chocolate and now the research and evidence is backing up what I must have known all along for years. Dark Chocolate is an excellent anti-oxidant and helps prevent heart attack and stroke. The good news is that is tastes great too!
Did you know that when a woman has a heart attack, she may not have the same symptoms as men. Only about 60 % of women will experience crushing chest pain, while the 70% of men have chest pain with a heart attack.
Because women’s symptoms may be more subtle and not as obvious as men’s are, this can delay treatment, which puts a woman at increased risk.
In an emergency, it’s critical to know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Men may experience:
Women’s symptoms are often different:
Only about 1/3 of women having a heart attack will experience crushing chest pain
Women may have some or all of these symptoms with a heart attack:
If you have these symptoms or any chest pain that occurs with exercise or activity, don’t wait, call 911.
Why women hesitate to call
Many women think that they couldn’t possibly be having a heart attack because they don’t have crushing chest pain or some of the other common signs and symptoms that men have. And, before you judge this next statement, just know that many women also hesitate because their symptoms seem mild and they don’t want to inconvenience anyone, especially emergency responders.
When in doubt, call 911
I know a woman who had burning chest pain, sweating and then fainted in her yard in front of her family. When she woke up after a few minutes, she insisted that the family continue their plans to go to dinner with her and not call 911, because she was feeling a little better and she didn’t want to spoil the plans they made to go out to dinner. It was only weeks later when she had crushing chest pain and couldn’t breathe that she decided to get to the Emergency room, where she learned that yes, this was a having a heart attack, and her fainting spell was also her sign of a heart attack.
New lifesaving technologies
Once you call 911, there are new lifesaving technologies that help people get the care they need as fast as possible. The Lifenet system helps saves valuable time by transmitting crucial patient information while en route to the hospital, enabling a person who needs cardiovascular surgery to whiz right past any delays in the ER and get right to the cardiac cath lab.
We know that women experience symptoms of heart attack differently than men do. Where men often have crushing chest pain, women may feel an overwhelming sense of fatigue or break out into a cold sweat. Women’s warning signs of impending heart attack are also different from mens.
Sometimes we forget that it’s not just our plumbing that’s different. Our brains, our hormones, and yes, even our hearts are different from men’s. While many men have some slight chest pain, according to the National Institutes of Health.
A recent study found that people with higher levels of HDL, what’s known as the beneficial or good cholesterol, also had a lower risk of having Alzheimers disease. HDL, high density lipoprotein, is the type of cholesterol that helps clear away the LDL cholesterol, known to cause narrowing of the arteries and clots. HDL can be increased by increasing exercise and from some medications such as Niacin.
How about a nice cup of cocoa before bed? Well, if you’re a woman over 70, it’s just the thing to help prevent a heart attack. That’s right, there’s another good reason to have some chocolate every day, a new study found that (1) serving each day helped prevent heart attack. The good news is that you don’t need to eat a lot, a little goes a long way.