Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit
With yesterday’s snow storm you may not have gotten out much, but if you had you may have noticed a lot of women wearing red for National Red Dress Day.
Heart disease remains the #1 Killer of men and women world-wide. Heart (cardiovascular) disease includes high blood pressure, heart attack (myocardial infarction,) abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia,) congestive heart failure (CHF,) stroke (cerebrovascular disease) and more.
February is ‘National Heart Month.’ Wear red this month to help bring awareness to heart disease, risk factors, and prevention. ‘Get your red on’ all month-long.
Recognize Warning Signs of a Heart Attack. Symptoms of a heart attack can be different in men and women (more subtle at times) and may include –
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Pain in the upper body such as the neck, jaw, upper back, or arms
- A squeezing feeling or tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or light-headedness
If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t delay. Don’t drive yourself to the hospital. As they say – “Time is heart.” “Time is brain.” This means that the faster you act, the better you heart and brain function can be preserved.
The Good News – Heart disease is largely preventable and controlled. Ask your doctor about your risk factors, prevention and treatment. In the meantime, take steps for a healthier you!
- Stop smoking.
- Manage blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and stress.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat healthily.
- Avoid or moderate use of alcohol.
Mention this post for FREE Blood Pressure Screening and FREE Smoking Cessation Consultation during the month of February at Dreamtime Wellness™ for FOB. Call 978-283-4258 to make an appointment.
~ Live Each Day With a Grateful Heart. ~
More Reasons to Get Fit Gloucester!
A Study Showed that Fit Middle Aged Men Were Found to Have Lower Risk of Colon and Lung Cancer!
In the news, March 26th… a study published on-line by the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association/JAMA Oncology showed a link between cardiovascular health and a decreased incidence of colon and cancer.
These findings were first presented June 2, 2013 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill. The lead researcher, Dr. Susan Lakoski* reported at that time, “While poor fitness is already known to predict future cardiovascular disease, this is the first study to explore fitness as a marker of future cancer risk prognosis,” (*Susan Lakoski, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of the cardiovascular prevention program for cancer patients at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care.)
Something to consider – men (and women!) who exercise may also be more likely to focus on an overall healthy lifestyle choices, such as healthy exercise, healthy eating, abstaining from smoking, and minimizing alcohol use lowers your risk of heart disease and cancer. Healthier Lifestyles for a Healthier YOU! Spring is a great time to focus on YOU and YOUR Good Health!
~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N.
Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199
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