Heart Month


February is American Heart Month. This means, efforts are being made to spread awareness and education about heart health. Did you know that 1 in 4 deaths in the United States are caused by heart disease?

What Is Heart Disease?

There are many diseases that can affect the heart but this term is used primarily to describe the conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain, or stroke.

Heart Disease In Your Blood Vessels

Did you know the signs can be different for men and women? Men are more likely to have chest pain whereas women are more likely to have shortness of breath, nausea, and fatigue. The symptoms include…

  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pressure
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back

Heart Disease Caused by Abnormal Heartbeats

The heart can beat too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly. Heart arrhythmia symptoms can include…

  • Fluttering in your chest
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting

When Should You Call The Doctor?

Heart disease is easier to treat when it is detected early so be sure to talk with your doctor as soon as you have any concerns.

***Seek emergency medical care immediately if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, or fainting spells.***

Want More?

Check out our Wellness Workshops on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention & Heart Failure to learn more.

Interested in keeping your heart in tip-top shape? Check out our blog article "Focus on Your Heart" below: