Cardiovascular (heart) disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths in the US and is the leading killer of both men and women. Seriously!
In recognition of February’s Heart Health Month, we want to provide a quick refresher on heart disease warning signs, so that you can look out for yourself and loved ones. While heart disease is terribly concerning on its own, we’re struck by how often we meet and help families that have loved ones with heart disease in addition to other conditions including dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, stroke, or cancer.
Heart Disease manifests itself differently in everyone.
Chest “Pain”: Pain is specific to the individual and one person's definition may not match another’s. While one person may describe or experience pressure, another may feel heaviness, or stabbing/acute pain. Any change in baseline, what a person normally feels, could be worth getting checked.
Men Vs Women: Pre- 65 years of age, men are more at risk of heart disease than women. While men are likely to experience chest “pain,” women are more likely to experience chest “pain” and other symptoms such as, jaw pain, back pain, shortness of breath, vomiting, and nausea.
Changes in energy levels and/or chronic fatigue may be symptoms of heart health decline.
Changes in Stamina
Exercise takes effort, and here at Wellthy, we are all about putting in effort! However, if there is a change in the effort needed to complete a task -- an increased amount is needed -- don’t just assume it is because you are weaker, older, tired, or distracted.
We have seen the sudden effects of heart health on families, witnessed the pain, and supported heart attack survivors. Let’s spread awareness of this prevalent and concerning condition and hopefully reduce the devastating toll.