February is Heart Health Month, do you know your heart facts?
Complimentary blood pressure readings Friday February 12th
Heart disease is a major problem. According to the CDC, about 1 out of every 4 deaths is related to heart disease in the United States each year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
An unhealthy heart is one that has Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. CAD can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
One easy way to know the health of your heart is to have your blood pressure taken regularly. Normal resting blood pressure in an adult is approximately 120/80 mm Hg; as your resting blood pressure increases so does your chances for CAD. If you don’t know your resting blood pressure, come into the club and have it tested free of charge.
Do you know that the signs and symptoms of a heart attack differ from men to women?
Warning signs found more in women
- Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and dizziness (having trouble breathing for no apparent reason)
- Pain in arms, back, neck, or jaw (pain can be gradual or sudden)
- Cold sweats (feels like a stress-related sweat rather than perspiration from exercise or spending time outside in the heat)
- Stomach pain (often mistaken for heartburn, the flu, or a stomach ulcer)
- Extreme fatigue (challenging to do simple tasks such as walk to the bathroom)
Warning signs found more in men
- Arm pain (more common in the left, but may occur in either arm), upper back pain and upper middle abdomen discomfort. Overall, upper body pain.
- Jaw pain, toothache, and headache
- Shortness of breath, cold sweats, anxiety
- Heartburn and/or indigestion
- No signs (1/4 of all heart attacks are silent!!!)
Common warning signs for both men and women:
- Chest pain, including pressure and squeezing around the chest area.
- Nausea and vomiting
For more information, please contact our Fitness Director, Jacob Galloway, at firstname.lastname@example.org.