Wellness Matters

Time is Ticking When It Comes to Your Heart

August 18, 2014

Recent studies show heart disease has taken the lives of more than 300 Alamance County residents, more than 780 Guilford County residents and more than 230 Rockingham County residents according to the Department of Public Health. Therefore, it's extremely important to learn the symptoms and factors that put you at greater risk of having a heart attack.

The main risk factors associated with heart attack are:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
What are the classic signs of a heart attack?
  • Severe chest pressure and pain that may radiate into the neck, left arm and/or shoulder.
  • Individuals with diabetes may experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting, sweating, extreme fatigue or weakness, and/or pain in the neck, jaw or back.
  • A feeling of indigestion (heartburn) may occur.
Is is the same for women?
  • Heart events present themselves differently in women. For women, the signs and symptoms of disease can be far more subtle:
    • Shortness of breath, often without any chest pain.
    • Feelings of anxiety.
    • Unexplained fatigue.
    • Weakness or dizziness.
    • Pain in chest, upper back, shoulders, and neck or jaw.
    • Flu-like symptoms including nausea, clamminess or cold sweats.
When do I call 911?
Eighty-five percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. Therefore, quick medical help is important.

If you or someone around you is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Dr. Michael Cooper, a cardiologist at LeBauer HeartCare and the medial director of the Cone Health cardiac catheterization lab, spoke on Fox 8 House Calls about the knowing the risk and signs of a heart attack and when to call for medical assistance.


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