We all notice that life has become a race for all of us today. But, do we have time to stop and care how running in this race is affecting our health and fitness? The answer is no, when we fall sick, we give find time to really know that something is wrong with us!! The fast forward lifestyle is really affecting our lives.
Factors of Lifestyle affecting our health are:
3.Stress and Tension
4.Smoking, Alcohol Consumption
When we hear about heart attack, the first scene that strikes the mind is the patient holding his chest, having severe chest pain falling down on ground. Same is true about chest pain; when we hear somebody having chest pain, the first thing that we think of is a heart attack. These both things – the heart attack and chest pain are very closely associated with each other. Yes, chest pain is considered as the major symptom of heart attack, but it is not true that chest pain means a heart attack only. Many of the patients who got a heart attack show different symptoms. Many times chest pain is not common symptom shown by women who got a heart attack. They experience shortness of breathing, anxiety, indigestion, sleep disturbance, etc before a heart attack.
There can be many other reasons behind the chest pain apart from heart attack. GERD(gastroesophageal reflux disease) can be one reason for chest pain. Mostly it can be accompanied by difficulty in swallowing and heart burn. It is caused by eating of food or lying down after eating.
Cancer is also a reason for chest pain. It may originate or spread in any part of the chest including heart. This type of chest pain is continuous.
Injury in the rib can also cause chest pain.
Lung disorders can also be reason of chest pain. Pneumonia is the most common among this, and this chest pain comes and goes over a period of hour. It is usually accompanied by cough and fever.
Chest pain can be experienced while coughing, this can be due to the upper respiratory infection caused by virus.
A lot of exercising after having heavy food can also cause chest pain.
Too much smoking and drinking alcohol also are reasons for chest pain.
Besides above, hypertension, thyroid disease, anemia, stress, gall bladder disease, pancreatitis, hiatal hernia, pericarditis, etc can be the reason of chest pain. So before running into conclusion about your chest pain, consult your doctor about it.
Heart is the most important organ of the body as it provides the body with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood. Heart is provided with oxygen through the blood that is supplied to it by the arteries on it's surface. These arteries are referred as coronary arteries. Sometimes the coronary artery develop a clot or blockage due to which they fail to supply blood to the heart. The shortage of blood and oxygen to heart leads to a heart attack. Eventually the heart muscles begin to die. If proper medical help is not provided to the person, this can prove fatal.
Heart attack is of one of the leading killer today; both in men and women. Study shows that more than 50% of deaths due to heart disease in 2008 were in men and globally, about 8.6 million women die from heart disease. The figures are astonishing! Heart attack has been counted as the major cause of death today. That is the reason why, it is necessary that we are aware of all facts related to it. Sometimes a chest pain that comes and goes quite often can be a symptom of a heart attack and you would be ignoring it. This ignorance can prove fatal.
Experiencing severe chest pain is considered as the most common heart attack symptom. But it is observed that chest pain is not a major symptom among some women. It is noticed that 42% men experience chest pain compared to 30% of women who experience chest pain. The statistics shows that women getting a heart attack show symptoms other than chest pain. The younger a woman is, lesser is the possibility of chest pain as a symptom of heart attack.
Most of us panic after some one from the family gets a heart attack. It's terrifying feeling because heart attack is counted as one of the dreadful diseases these days. The most common thing that doctors suggest to fight over this taking proper care of the diet of the heart attack patient.
It is very much necessary that the patient takes a healthy diet so that he remains fit enough to survive the after-effects.
There are some foods that should be taken regularly and some should be avoided completely by a heart attack patient.
What should the diet of heart attack patient include?
1.Fresh Fruits and Vegetables:
Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best recommended by the doctors as they provide vitamins. Canned fruits and vegetables should be avoided. Also avoid vegetables that come in sauce pouches and those which contain cream or fats.
Increase consumption of whole grains in diet of the heart attack patient; whole grains contain heart healthy fats and fiber.
3.Nuts and Seeds:
It is recommended that nuts, seeds, legumes should be consumed four times a week. Legumes provide fiber and low fat protein while nuts and seeds have healthy fiber and fats.
Stop eating more salt and avoid adding salt at the time of meals. The sodium intake should be controlled.
5.Foods to be avoided:
red meats, sugar, deep-dried foods, hot dogs, ice cream, candy, chips, cookies, processed foods, foods with high amount of sodium, hard margarine, egg yolk, full creamed dairy products, egg noodles, buttered popcorn, sausages, cold cut, etc.
You can prefer unsalted tuna, fresh or frozen non-breaded fish, pork, beef, lamb, skinless chicken,etc.
Low fat milk or skim milk fat free dairy products like yogurt are the best protein rich items for heart attack patients. The oils that can help to make the heart healthy are canola, safflower, peanut,olive, corn, cottonseed, sunflower and soybean oils.
Consulting the doctor is always good. He will guide you so that you can help the patient make his heart healthy and happy.
Would you be able to discriminate between a chest pain and a heart attack if you do not know it's symptoms? The answer that would come from most of us is “no”. It's surprising, yet true. Study says there 1.2 million heart attacks in United States and 50% are said to be fatal! The numbers are really tremendous and so I think we all should know about at least the most common symptoms of heart attack.
I do not know the terms doctors use; but I have heard about common symptoms from; say, my father, mother, grand parents, etc. The most common of all symptoms I hear is chest pain. Your chest starts feeling discomfort or you feel like some tons of weight is put on your chest. Also sometimes the pain of heart attack feels like heart burn or indigestion. The chest pain can be frequent sometimes; or for some it can come and go; or occur while resting, etc. If you or your relative is having any of such chest pains, you should consult the doctor.
The next symptom is the acute upper body pain. It may include pain in one or both arms, neck, jaw, the back, shoulder, upper part of stomach. It is noticed that the pain in jaw, neck or arms is commonly observed heart attack symptom in women.
Excessive sweating can also be a heart attack symptom. Shortness of breath is another symptom. You can feel uneasy and have problems in breathing.
Sudden lack of energy, dizziness, fatigue are other symptoms of heart attack. You may ignore them saying it is for time-being. But if you feel this most of the times, it should not be ignored and should be taken care of as early as possible. This problem of ignorance mostly takes place in case of women. Ladies, you need to be aware of these symptoms. Have an aspirin with you if you are a heart patient, ask your doctor for that.
These are some common heart attack symptoms I am aware of. If you know them, and have been experiencing them, do not waste time. Make it a note to visit the doctor and get the tests done.
Stay hearty and keep your heart healthy and happy.