In the United States alone, 735,000 people have a heart attack each year.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death with 17.3 million deaths annually worldwide
In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women
8 million women are currently living with some form of heart disease.
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack is the damage to an area of the heart by being deprived of oxygen. Its most common cause is obstruction caused by a fatty substance called “plaque” in the coronary arteries, the arteries responsible for maintaining nutrient-rich blood flow and oxygen to the heart.
Subtle heart attack signs that can be easily identified
1. Unusual fatigue
You should watch for new symptoms or sudden charges of fatigue. The feeling of heaviness in the chest accompanied by fatigue may be one of the main subtle warnings of heart attack.
2. Sweating and difficulty breathing
See if you experience these symptoms at rest or if they worsen after exercise. If you experience these symptoms in combination with other symptoms such as chest pain, go to the doctor as fast as you can.
3. Pain in different areas of the chest
Pain is a clear signal that something is not right, but it is not always shown in the exact location of the actual problem. Jaw pain, back pain or pain in any arm could be an early warning of a heart attack.
Symptoms common to women at the time of a heart attack
Strange pressure on the chest, a kind of oppression or fullness in any area of the chest
Pain in the elbows, neck, back or jaw, gradual or sudden, mild or severe.
Stomach pressure or pain, or heartburn and even indigestion
Difficulty breathing or dizziness
9 Useful Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack
The health of the coronary arteries plays a key role in the risk of heart attack. The arteries can be damaged by toxins and/or inflammation, facilitating plaque buildup, which in turn helps to form deadly clots. But this does not have to be like this.
The following are some precautionary measures you can take.
1. Control the consumption of sugar!
A 2014 study suggests that consuming between 10% and 24% of daily calories from sugar increases the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by up to 30%. Consumption of sugar also lowers good cholesterol (HDL) and raises triglycerides, raising the risk of heart attack.
2. Reduce or control inflammation with curcumin
Elevated levels of inflammation are associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack. Curcumin, the turmeric compound that gives the yellow color to the spice, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has also been shown to reduce plaque buildup in arteries.
3. Combat oxidative stress with vitamin C and fish oil
The Vitamin C is a known antioxidant that protects damage arteries. Studies suggest that there is a greater chance of dying from coronary heart disease if there is a deficit of this vitamin. Adding fish oil to the diet increases the protection, since they dilate the arteries, facilitating the passage of blood through them.
4. Moderate exercise
Studies show that women who practice moderate daily exercise have a lower risk of heart attacks compared to inactive women. However, intense daily activity increases the risk. It’s a matter of not exaggerating!
5. Include vitamin D and vitamin K in the health regime
For optimum protection against heart attacks, supplement with vitamin D3. And do not forget vitamin K (like K1, MK4 and MK)! If you do not get the necessary amount of this important vitamin, the risk of arterial calcification and heart attacks increase.
6. Eat fruits and vegetables!
Eating more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by up to 20 percent compared to eat less than 3 servings daily.
7. Stop Smoking
Smoking increases fibrinogen levels. Fibrinogen is a protein in the blood that raises the risk of dangerous blood clots and heart attacks. The good news is that once you stop smoking, fibrinogen levels fall immediately and return to their normal levels after two or three years.
8. Eat garlic
The garlic is known to lower blood pressure (the force of blood against artery walls) reducing the risk of heart attack. If you do not like garlic for the breath it causes, you can opt for garlic supplements. The recommended daily dose appears to be at least 480 mg for it to take effect.
A 2012 study showed that meditation significantly reduces the risk of death, stroke, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients. It is not surprising since meditation relieves stress and lowers blood pressure.
Last words around the subtle symptoms of heart attack
Millions of women are affected by heart disease. The good news is that you have control over whether or not you will be one of those women. Through healthy lifestyle changes, a diet that includes fruits and vegetables and the addition of nutrients that strengthen the heart to diet, not only can you prevent heart attacks, but you can look and feel better for years to come.
So that you can say: Here is a happy and healthy heart!
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