February is traditionally know as heart health month, and it’s a great time to polish your knowledge about heart disease and the symptoms of heart attack. While you might be aware of the more obvious signs of a heart attack, like chest pain, are you familiar with all of the symptoms? Would you know what to do?
Dr. Julia Ward, a functional medicine physician in Sugar Land, encourages everyone to be prepared and be aware.
Know the Signs
The American Heart Association is a great resource for learning the signs of a heart attack. Recognizing the symptoms, and calling 911 immediately, can make all the difference: Act quickly if you feel:
- Chest discomfort, tightness or pain
- Discomfort or pain in the upper back, one or both arms, neck, jaw, or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
If you or someone you are with experiences any of these symptoms, don’t delay. Even if you’re not sure whether it’s a heart attack or not, call 911 immediately. It’s far better to take action quickly and be sure — than to delay and risk a life.
Improve Your Heart Health
Dr. Ward offers holistic medicine in Sugar Land at her practice, Balanced Body Image. She offers these healthy lifestyle changes that can help prevent heart disease and reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
Some simple things you can do to improve your heart health include:
- Monitor your cholesterol levels. If they are a little high, work on making healthier food choices and adding exercise to your day. Dr. Ward can show you how.
- Keep an eye on your blood pressure. It’s estimated that one in three American adults has hypertension, or high blood pressure, which can cause damage to the heart and artery walls. If your blood pressure is high, there are some things you can do to bring it back under control.
- Get moving. Make a plan to add a little more physical activity into each day. There’s no need to join a gym to work exercise into your daily routine; just try to find simple activities that get your body moving. Take a walk in the sunshine. Pull weeds in the garden. Stroll the mall before heading into the store. Dance around to some of your favorite tunes. You’ll be increasing your fitness level and strengthening your respiratory system and your heart muscles too.
- Choose food wisely. Adding more fresh fruit and vegetables into your daily meals helps fuel your body with essential nutrients. Limit fatty food, fried food, and sugary or processed meals and snacks.
Learn more about lifestyle changes to improve not only your heart health, but your overall well-being too. Dr. Ward and the team at Balanced Body Image in Sugar Land will help you get on the right path for healthy aging.
Call us at (281) 710-3380 and take the first step.