A few days ago I posted 13 great links to recognized American Heart Month.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.
Know Your Signs and Symptoms
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense; however, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
Healthy Lifestyle: Diet and Nutrition, Exercise and Fitness
A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight heart disease. Many people make it harder than it is. It is important to remember that it is the overall pattern of the choices you make that counts. As you make daily food choices, read nutrition labels and base your eating pattern on these recommendations:
- Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
- Select fat-free, 1% fat, and low-fat dairy products.
- Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
- Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 mg of cholesterol each day.
- Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
- Select and purchase foods lower in salt/sodium.
- If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man.
- Keep an eye on your portion sizes.
I’ll be posting more information throughout the month. you can also check out my other post for great links.
Saturday 9: Gimme Three Steps
1. Has anyone ever got angry with you for flirting with their partner or date?
Are you kidding me?
2. What is your favorite movie line or speech? (Set the scene so we appreciate it in context.)
[That boy is a p-i-g pig] “Let’s see if you can guess what I am now…..a zit…get it???”
I’m, pretty sure people know who was famous for this line and what the circumstances were.
3. What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle?
The snow melted off the sidewalks so I can resume my running with dogs career.
4. What do you try to stay away from?
5. What is it too late for?
6. If you could write three newspaper headlines, which would come true, what would they be?
“Mom hits the lottery big…moves out on freeloaders”
7. When was the last time you apologized to someone?
Not sure why I would have
8. If you to find out now that you would very well known after you die, what do you think it might be for? (Feel free to pick an accomplishment that you have yet to do.)
9. Are you easily angered or able to handle every situation calmly?
I’m pretty easy going.