Saturday, February 23, 2008

General Health Topic - Heart Attack Signs

Hello Everyone,

I know we are in the middle of a series on How Antibiotics Work but I read something online and I thought I needed to let you know.

The article, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that only 1 in 4 Americans know the warning signs of a HEART ATTACK and what to do first. I do not want my readers to be in the group that doesn't know about the warning signs of heart attack.

Here are the signs and symptoms and can include one or more of the following 6:

1. Chest pain (most common symptom)
2. Shortness of breath
3. Pain or discomfort in the chest
4. Discomfort in the arms or shoulder
5. A feeling of weakness or lightheadedness
6. Discomfort in the jaw, neck or back

According to the American Heart Association, women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath and back or jaw pain.

If you, a family member or co-worker experience these symptoms...CALL 911.

Sometimes patients are rushed to the hospital for heart attack symptoms and it turns out to be something entirely different. Don't worry about that. Consider that the symptoms are heart attack symptoms until proven otherwise!!!!

For more information, check out the following links:

The CDC publication:
The American Heart Association:

Hopefully, this information is helpful. Please pass it on to all your friends, family and co-workers.


Dr. Paul

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