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7 Early Signs of a Heart Attack You Shouldn’t Ignore

February 17th, 2017 No Comments

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In 2013, New Jersey was ranked as having the 25th highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the country. Although the ranking is now five spots from the previous year heart disease remains the number one killer in the New Jersey.  More recent statistics reported by the United Health Foundation for 2016, 3.7% to 4.2 % of adults in New Jersey reported that they had a heart disease or a heart attack by a healthcare professional.

The average age of a first heart attack is between 66 and 70, New Jersey families must recognize early signs of a heart attack to give themselves or their aging loved ones the best chance of recovery. February is American Heart Month–so it’s a perfect time to learn these symptoms.

1. Shortness of Breath

If your loved one is experiencing shortness of breath, they could be suffering from a heart attack. Shortness of breath may present alone or in combination with other symptoms, like chest discomfort.

2. Discomfort in the Chest

Chest discomfort is one of the earliest and most obvious symptoms of a heart attack. Of course, this discomfort can be a sign of several medical conditions. Since it’s the most common sign of a heart attack, though, it’s important not to waste time.

3. Nausea, Heartburn and Other Stomach Issues

Heartburn, nausea, indigestion and a variety of other stomach-related issues can accompany a heart attack. While these symptoms could point towards numerous issues, you should seek medical assistance immediately if your loved one is at an increased risk for heart attacks.

4. Pain in Other Areas of the Body

The pain related to a heart attack will often travel down the arms and even cause headaches and back pain. Although less common, some individuals have reported toothaches or jaw pain before having a heart attack.

5. Cold Sweats and Lightheadedness

Two other early signs of a heart attack are cold sweats and lightheadedness. These early warning signs won’t necessarily occur together or even at all. It should be noted that the American Heart Association says to seek medical help immediately if experiencing these symptoms.

6. Exhaustion

It’s common to get fatigued after doing certain activities, but if older adults experience unusual exhaustion during daily activities, it could be a sign of a heart attack. The important thing is to know your body and how it reacts to physical exertion.

7. Irregular Heartbeat

It’s completely normal for a person’s heart to occasionally speed up, slow down or even skip a beat. If this is happening frequently or for longer than a few seconds, though, you should seek medical attention. This could be a sign of several conditions, none of which you want to ignore.

To learn more about the what factors can put your loved on at risk for a heart attack, schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional.

If you have a loved one in need of in home care after a heart attack or stroke, contact Visiting Angels. Our Angels are well trained to assist your loved one in their recovery, manage their medications and help them get back to living the best independent life as possible. Call (609)-833-8188 to learn more about home care services today.

Read more about the risk factors of heart disease on our Community Resource Page. Our Community Resource Bulletin also offers tips on caring for an older adult or aging senior who has had a heart attack or stroke.

Food rich in color is good for the heart…

March 18th, 2014 No Comments

If you’re a senior adult who enjoys eating cherries, plums, strawberries, and blueberries, you are on your way to a healthier heart! For NJ elder care‘s information: A study has shown that older adults who eat these foods are not as likely to die of stroke or heart disease. These foods are rich in flavonoids, which help protect cells in the body. Keeping cells from damage may help ward off cancer and other maladies. Flavonoids are also found in dark chocolate, tea, spinach, red wine, oranges, apples, nuts, as well as soy products.

To read the full AARP story, go to March is National Nutrition Month.

Go Red for Women Friday, February 7th

February 6th, 2014 No Comments

Wear Red on Friday, February 7th!

Friday, February 7th is Go Red for Women day across the country. This day is to bring awareness to the #1 killer of women–heart disease, which is more deadly than all types of cancer combined. We at Visiting Angels in NJ encourage everyone to wear red on Friday!
  • 90 percent of all women have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease
  • 1 in 3 deaths each year in women are from heart disease, while 1 in 31 are from breast cancer
  • Women are less likely to call 911 for themselves than they would for another person
  • About 43 million U.S. women are affected by heart disease each year
  • Even though heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S., only 1 in 5 women think it’s their greatest threat to their health

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Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.

February 7th, 2013 No Comments

This month is American Heart Month throughout the United States. It’s meant to bring awareness to the number one killer of adults in the county: heart disease. Now is the time to learn the risks, signs, and symptoms in order to prevent the disease through lifestyle changes. Read our February Community Resource Bulletin on heart disease. This is a topic near to those in New Jersey elder care, as over 80 percent of deaths related to heart disease are in people over the age of 65.

February is American Heart Month

February 8th, 2011 No Comments

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Click on our American Heart Month page to read more on this important elder care New Jersey topic.