Health experts warn of heart risks during the holiday season!
With all the fears of not having products on the shelves for this Thanksgiving and Christmas Season, Heart Attacks will be on the rise, are you ready? I mean really ready?
Many of our clients for employment reasons or financial reasons are playing with fire and not getting their certifications updated and therefore are not ready for family emergencies. The most common days for Women to have a heart attack is Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter.
These events are normally filled with stress in a normal year, however this is not a normal year.
“Researchers said deaths from cardiac and non-cardiac causes dramatically increase starting with Thanksgiving in November and continuing through January. Though doctors don’t know exactly why, they suggests some possible reasons include changes in diet and alcohol consumption. There is also increased stress from things such as increased obligations, family interactions and strained finances. ” according to last headlines in ABC 11 Eyewitness News.
When we add the effects of the Covid pandemic and lack of supplies at the grocery and other stores, this is shaping up to be a heightened Cardiac Event Season.
Understanding a heart attack
What just happened?
If you or someone you love just had heart attack, you’ve just been through a very difficult experience. Take some time to reflect and appreciate that you or your loved one made it through.
Recovering from a heart attack can be overwhelming as you try to understand what happened and what’s next. You are dealing with new emotions: fear, anxiety, anger, and a sense of powerlessness.
It’s important to remember you are not alone. In the United States, more than 805,000 people just like you have a heart attack every year.
It’s important to know that every heart attack can be different. However, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort of the chest. There may also be discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.
If the heart is starved of oxygen and nutrients, the muscle can be damaged or die—that’s why it’s important to call 911 right away whenever symptoms appear.
Why do heart attacks happen?
There are various risk factors that may have contributed to your heart attack, spanning everything from lifestyle to medical conditions and demographics.
Some risk factors can’t be changed, such as age, gender, and genetics. Others can be managed such as:
- Lifestyle (diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol)
- Medical conditions (high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity)
If you’ve already a heart attack, you are at a higher risk of having another one. This is why it’s so important to understand how making some changes can help reduce this risk.