“Heart of my Heart, I love that Melody”…and that Rhythm,too

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

In 1961, my grandfather, Ray Bryant climbed the staircase in the Tillman County, Oklahoma Courthouse walked into a judge’s office, put out his hand to shake and dropped dead of a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest. He was 65 years old. Last week a friend of ours was refereeing a basketball game when his heart stopped. Thanks to people trained in Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the availability of an automated external defibrillator (AED) he was resuscitated, transported to a hospital and as of last information was waiting to have a defibrillator inserted. We have come a long way in 54 years! Why? Heart Research and dedicated professionals, para-professionals, and a vast array of folks who have been touched by heart disorders as patient, family, or friends, who have continued to support the on going research to prevent and treat heart disease.

February is American Heart Month, so I am going to dedicate this site to providing information and insight into the heart which when it works right supplies life giving blood flow and oxygen to every nook and cranny of our bodies from 8 weeks gestational age until it stops for good. This week Feb. 7-14th is CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT WEEK, so watch for a very special story about a very special young lady tomorrow and on the following day our own experience when our grandson Joshua was born.

Basic Life Support Card

Basic Life Support Card

Today I am going to leave you with the warning signs of a heart attack and a suggestion that if you are able seek out CPR courses in your area. You could save a life and lives are worth saving.

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 with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Here are some differences and similarities in women’s heart attacks.

Heart Attack Signs in Women

Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.

Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

For more information: http://www.heart.org

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