February is National Heart Month

by | Mar 25, 2019 | Health Issues, Holidays | 0 comments

February is National Health Month and known as the month of love. After all, Valentine’s Day is February 14th and millions of people buy special gifts for their loved ones. I personally ‘love’ homemade and/or school made Valentine gifts. My son made me a ceramic heart when he was in 2nd grade. I also remember writing and stuffing envelopes for each of his classmates in elementary school. Today, I send Valentine messages through text or Facebook Messenger.

My purpose for this blog is to discuss the symptoms of a heart attack. Did you know men and women do not have the same symptoms for it? Some of the symptoms are similar for both sexes such as tightness in the chest and lightheadedness, but there are unique differences. Men usually experience one or more of these symptoms; uncomfortable pressure in chest, chest discomfort with lightheadedness and or sweating. For men, heart attacks are often triggered by physical exertion. The symptoms for women are shortness of breath, nausea, anxiety, pain in neck or back, palpitations, and mild flu-like symptoms. For women, most heart attacks are triggered after an emotionally stressful situation. If your family has a history of heart attacks, please contact your doctor to learn ways to improve your heart health. 

*An interesting historical fact: on Feb 14, 1929, a mobster war occurred in Chicago and became known as the St Valentine’s Day Massacre.