Parish nurse Update: February 5, 2012

posted Feb 3, 2012, 9:20 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
February is American 
Heart Month. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States and a major cause of disability. The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), a narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply oxygen rich blood to the heart. It is the main reason people have heart attacks. Over a million people have heart attacks each year in the United States. It is important to know the symptoms and call 911 if someone is having them. These symptoms can include: chest discomfort in the center of the chest (It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain), shortness of breath, discomfort in the upper part of body- arms, shoulder, back, neck, or jaw, other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, dizziness, or cold sweats. Men and women’s most common symptom is chest pain or discomfort, but women are more likely than men to experience other symptoms such as shortness of breath, back or jaw pain, nausea and vomiting. If you or someone you know has these symptoms call 911. Minutes Matter! (nhlbi.nih.gov11/21/11) Over the next three weeks we will review the risk factors for heart disease- age, a family history of heart disease at an early age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inactivity, smoking, and diabetes. For questions on other health issues, community resources, or referrals call 635-9261. 
Blessings! Flossie Vance, Parish Nurse