Learn techniques for controlling stress and the effects it may have on your health:
Planning ahead so you don’t always rush to get things done.
Plenty of sleep – between six and eight hours per night.
Recognize things that are stressing but don’t need to be. What will happen if you don’t get that done on time?
Talk to your friends to take your mind off of stressors.
Deep breathing exercises
Meditation and/or take time out to relax
Take time out for yourself and do something you enjoy
Set up goals for yourself to accomplish something that is not related to the stressors. Refocus when possible.
Learn the warning signs of heart attacks and stroke:
Warning signs of a heart attack are:
Pain or Discomfort in the center of the chest lasting for more than a few minutes or may come and go. The pain feels like fullness, pain, squeezing or pressure.
Discomfort in arm or shoulder with or without the chain discomfort.
Shortness of breath with or without chest pain.
Pain in the back, neck or jaw.
Lightheadedness, vomiting or nausea, cold sweats.
Warning signs of a stroke are:
Face drooping or numbness in the face.
Arm weakness or numb
Speech difficulty – slurred or hard to understand speech, unable to speak.
In either case, seek emergency medical care immediately, call 911.
If you are not experiencing the above symptoms, but have concerns about your heart health, contact your Primary Care Physician (PCP) to schedule an appointment. Perhaps you have a history of heart disease in your family but are not sure if the minor aches you have are cardiac related. You can express these concerns to your PCP. If they believe further examination by a Cardiologist is warranted, they will refer you to our office.
Have an Emergency?
If you have a life-threatening emergency, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911. Look at EMERGENCY for more information.