In the past 10 years, technology has made many giant leaps forward in areas of service, entertainment and communication. It has also made extraordinary progress in the acute treatment of heart related diseases and heart attacks.
One of the most innovative technologies and life saving devices is the portable heart defibrillator. Now a part of every Emergency Medical Unit, it can also be found in schools, sports arenas, theatres and even large restaurants and other gathering spots. This simple device can save a life that would normally be lost without the ability to regulate a heartbeat.
In the case of heart attacks, there has been a significant improvement in survival as well as the reduction of disabling damage. This is due in large part to advances in medicine, hospital care guidelines and advanced technology.
A heart attack is also less likely if the individual is being treated for the precursors of heart attacks such as high blood pressure, obesity or high cholesterol.
The most important component to life saving care is the speed at which an emergency medical team can treat the person in distress. All too 0ften we do not know the warning signs or if we do we ignore them.
An important part of your personal health care is knowing what to be aware of if you start to feel unwell or have unexplained symptoms. Below are the basic signs of a heart problem that you may want to be familiar with, either for your own heath if you are past 50, or the health of those you love.
Of course, it goes without saying that preventing any heart problem is the ideal way to take care of your heart. Being sure to eat well, not smoking, keep moving or exercising, watch your weight and avoid stress are all important preventative steps to keep heart healthy.
WARNING SIGNS of a HEART PROBLEM or ATTACK:
> shortness of breath or lightheadedness after minimal effort
> numbness, tingling or pain in your jaw, neck or arm, especially the left arm
> Uncomfortable pressure or squeezing in the center of the chest that last for more than just a few minutes
> vomiting or diahrrea along with chest pain or arm numbness
Being aware of heart symptoms can help save someone you love, may-be even yourself.
With all good wishes,
Copyright 2010 G. Donadio