(CVD) is the leading killer of women in America,accounting for over one-third of all deaths. That's more than the combined death rates from breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers.
The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort, described as an achy, tight or "heavy" feeling.
However, a new study featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February 2012, found that women are more likely than men to have heart attacks that present without chest pains, and they are more likely to die of a heart attack than men.
Other signs of a heart attack include:
- shortness of breath
- feeling faint
- breaking out in a cold sweat
- pain in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Unusual fatigue
- Sleep disturbances
- feeling tired
- a cough
- heart flutters
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Only you know what is normal for your body. Do not ignore anything that's out of your norm.
Here are 12 things you can do right now to help prevent a heart attack.
Best Heart Healthy Diet Plans
Being overweight is just one factor that puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. A heart-healthy diet can help you lose weight or lower cholesterol, blood pressure, or triglycerides, and significantly lengthen your life span.
This Massively "Over-Prescribed" Drug
is Not Nearly as Safe as You May Think
Statin drugs work by preventing the formation of cholesterol, and reducing LDL cholesterol, which is considered the "bad" cholesterol. There is no argument that these drugs are effective at lowering your cholesterol levels.However, they DO NOT treat the cause of your problem. Read more.
Are you aware of the debilitating side effects of this massively "over-prescribed" drug?
Read More - Please!
Statins and CoQ10
The majority of people who take statins are unaware of their need for CoQ10, and physicians rarely advise their patients to take this supplement along with their statins. It's also important to supplement right from the start to help avoid debilitating side effects.Learn more.
Lifestyle is Still the Key to Lowering Cholesterol
Statins are not a license to ignore the underlying cause of your condition. Unfortunately, many people think that once they are on a statin drug, they can eat an unhealthy diet because they are "protected" from bad cholesterol. Lifestyle changes are essential for reducing your risk of heart disease, whether you take a statin or not. Lifestyle changes you should consider making include:
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a healthy diet that's low in fat, cholesterol and salt
- Exercising 30 minutes a day on most days of the week
If you're following the recommended lifestyle behaviors above, but your cholesterol — particularly your low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol — remains high (over 300), statins might be an option for you.
FDA Adds Warning Label On Popular Antibiotic Zithromax Regarding Heart Risks
The FDA announced yesterday that it’s telling doctors and patients that Pfizer’s popular antibiotic — prescribed to 40 million people in 2011 — could be troublesome for some who take it, especially if they’re already at a risk for heart issues, reports the Associated Press.
Instead, the agency says, doctors should think about prescribing other antibiotics to any patients with existing heart problems like irregular heartbeats or low levels of potassium or magnesium in their blood. Zithromax also comes in generic form as well.
The new label comes after a Vanderbilt University study released last May that showed a slightly higher chance for deadly heart problems for patients taking Zithromax. The results indicated that there could be about 47 extra heart-related deaths per million courses of treatment than there would be for the same amount of amoxicillin courses.
The downside for users who don’t like being on meds for long is that taking amoxicillin or other antibiotics involves a 10 day commitment, as opposed to Z-Pak’s five or so days.