GoRedWhat a better time for Connecticut’s women to think about taking care of our hearts than in February, during American Heart Health Month.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing the signs of heart disease is important. Paying attention to your body and seeing your doctor when something is not right can save your life.

So how do you know if you’re at risk for heart disease? What are the signs and symptoms?

You may have all or none of these signs:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Irregular, faster heartbeats
  • Dizziness (lightheaded) or fainting
  • Shortness of breath even at rest
  • Chest discomfort (pain or pressure, after meals, when active, or in the cold)
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Swelling ankle, feet, legs or abdomen. Bloated feeling.
  • Rapid weight gain (2-3 Lb. in a day)
  • Coughing up white mucous
  • Nausea
  • Low-grade temperature
  • Sweating

To download a PDF copy of heart attack symptoms for men and woman click here.

Tips to lower your risk of heat disease:

  • Quit smoking
  • Walk 30 minutes most days
  • Lose weight
  • Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Find ways to respond to stress in a health manner

Understand Your Risks And Make Healthy Choices.

Mary Scagliarini, RN

Mary Scagliarini, RN, Live-in Service Coordinator

Mary Scagliarini, RN is our nursing expert here at ALS. She is a member of our Aging-in-Place Team and a regular contributor to our blog.

To contact Mary about health-related questions or in-home services for your loved one, just give us a call at 203.634.8668. We’re happy to help.