My chest has been hurting lately. Right in the center. It is a crushing stabbing and sharp pain. I feel my heart racing like it’s going 200 beats per minute. I also have been getting short of breath. At other times, I get dizzy when I stand up and I almost passed out once. These are many of the symptoms patients report during triage at the Cardiovascular clinic. I’m privileged to work in the area that I have a great passion for.
Truth is for me I have passed out (Syncopal Episode) three times in my entire life. I’ve learned what triggers my symptoms and how to manage them and stay heart-healthy.
According to ourworldindata.org cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. Chest pains happen to be the number one symptom of cardiovascular diseases. Have you or someone you know ever had chest pain? It is a feeling you can not ignore. Even if you are able to ignore it; it is one you should not ignore. Many have found loved ones on the floor after suffering a heart attack which may have been able to be prevented or treated if early symptoms were reported to a healthcare provider or if treatment was sought out.
Heart disease is not a specific disease. It refers to several types of heart or cardiovascular conditions. Some examples include high blood pressure, heart failure, heart attack, coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythm, and many others. If you are born with a heart condition this is referred to as congenital heart disease or defect.
February is national heart month so we would like to spread awareness to everyone that we can reach in hopes of supporting you on your journey to be heart-healthy. No matter where you are it’s never too late.
This month we will focus on posting about exercise, diet, stress, and other parts of cardiovascular health. Come back soon to see our new post.