Medical Monday: Recognizing heart attack symptoms in women

Medical Monday: Recognizing heart attack symptoms in women

Have your blood pressure checked every time you get a physical.

Of the participants, 330 had died from heart disease, 270 had had a heart attack, and 135 had been hospitalized with heart failure.

Don't smoke. Exposure to tobacco smoke contributes to about 34,000 premature heart disease deaths a year, according to the American Heart Association.

"Knowing your numbers is more important than ever, following recently updated guidelines from the American Heart Association that indicate almost half of Americans are at risk for major health problems as a result of high blood pressure", said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic.

As we grow into adults those differences continue, including how our bodies react to a heart attack.

Here are some tips on how to do it.

A blood pressure check measures the peak blood pressure in the artery - systolic pressure - and the resting pressure in the artery - the diastolic pressure. It ideally should remain below 120. It should stay below 80.

With this information, you and your family doctor can assess your risk and make a plan to avoid potential problems.

The Mayo Clinic even suggests taking 15 to 20 minutes a day to simply "sit quietly and breathe deeply". If your habits are healthy, your children are more likely to build those habits in their own lives.

Smoking is one of the major causes of heart attack.

A bit of movement can also boost heart health.

Among these three groups, many more had high troponin levels as early as 14 years previous to their diagnosed illness compared to individuals who did not develop heart disease.

A recent study found that people who start high-intensity aerobic exercise in middle age can reverse some of the risky and deadly effects of a life spent sitting in a chair or on a couch.

Normal blood pressure is considered less than 120/80.

This risk assessment looks at your age, blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure and family history to calculate your risk score.

One of the easiest ways to watch your weight and reduce midsection paunch is to eat more filling, flavourful, and fibre-filled foods, like whole grains and protein, while cutting sugar. She has been an adjunct instructor since 2015 and previously served as the Polk County coordinator for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing.

Everyone should have their blood pressure checked. A diet high in potassium and fruits and vegetables has been shown to also reduce blood pressure.

But stress can (literally) do a number on your blood pressure.

Get enough sleep - seven to eight hours a night.

Treatment of high blood pressure initially involves lifestyle changes. It represents the pressure of the blood flowing through your arteries.

Part of that awareness is reducing risk factors.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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