Healthier Me: Don't Ignore The Symptoms, Listen to Your Heart
Don't ignore the signs. That is the message from cardiologists during this heart month.
One of the most common myths is that it's easy to tell when you're having a heart attack. Doctors says pain on the left side of chest and the arm is a classic indicator of a heart attack, but only sometimes.
Many write the symptoms off as heartburn or fatigue. Women experience heart attacks differently causing them to wait before getting treatment. They could have stomach, back, jaw or neck pain, trouble breathing, and suffer from nausea and feel overwhelmingly fatigued.
And, men are often the worst offenders of thinking they don't need help... even though something doesn't feel quite right.
Sanford Health Cardiologist Dr. Tom Haldis says, "just because you are ok last month doesn't mean you're ok this month." He says things can change inside your vessels for a number of reasons. You can have a blockage that is 30% and then becomes 80% or 100%, which is a heart attack. Haldis adds, "you need to pay attention to your body."
It's never too late to take steps to prevent a heart attack... even if you've already had one. Medications can reduce your risk of another heart attack and help your damaged heart function better. Lifestyle factors also play a critical role in heart attack prevention and recovery. Doctors say its crucial to stop smoking and keep high blood pressure in check.