American Heart Month

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For American Heart Month, the Library for Health Information (LHI) is spreading awareness about heart health. Certain heart attacks may occur suddenly and be intense, while others may come gradually with mild pain or discomfort. According to the American Heart Association, pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs. Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

For more information about heart attack symptoms from the AHA click here.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

According to the American Heart Association, if you have any of these signs, call 911 and get to a hospital right away.

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women may experience other symptoms that are typically less associated with heart attack, such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

For more information about heart attack symptoms in women from the AHA click here

AHA's Spaghetti-Squash Spaghetti Recipe

Nutritional facts:

  • 172 calories per serving
  • 6g of protein per serving
  • 6g of fiber per serving
  • Costs $2.63 per serving

Click here for the full recipe.


 

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