An Unexpected Valentine’s Message?
You’ve spent so much time together, and more than that, it’s like you are a part of each other. At the same time, you’ve become so familiar that you sometimes forget to appreciate everything that makes such a difference in your life. It can be so difficult to see subtle signs that you might be taking them for granted and that maybe it’s important to give them some special attention before it’s too late.
Do you ♥ your ♥?
Your heart is there for you 24/7/365, averaging 72 life-giving beats a minute to nourish and revitalize every part of your body. This Valentine’s Day might be a great occasion to give your life-long companion the kind of appreciation and attention it deserves and help ensure that crazy little thing between you and your heart continues to be happy and healthy. February is Heart Month and we want to share a little relationship advice for maintaining the magic.
Love is like oxygen
Like every other part of your body, your heart requires oxygen to survive. Oxygen is delivered to each cell by the blood pumping through your circulatory system. Of course, your heart is that pump that keeps everything moving. When the heart muscle does not get the oxygen it needs, the result is a heart attack. A piece of the heart is damaged or dies. A heart attack is a serious, life-threatening event.
Because many of the risks of heart attack – including high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, high blood glucose, and high blood pressure – are silent conditions you are not likely to feel, screening for these problems is the best way to show your heart some love. If it has been a while since you’ve checked your numbers, making a doctor’s appointment to get a few simple tests could be a sweet valentine for your heart!
Knowing when you are in trouble
Unfortunately for many people, their first sign of a heart attack is a heart attack. Surviving a heart attack depends on getting immediate treatment to minimize the damage and start your heart back on the road to recovery. Your heart will send you important signals to let you know the thrill is gone and it’s time to come to terms with some changes if you intend to keep this together.
Do you know how to tell what your heart is telling you? The American Heart Association reminds us to be aware of five signs that we may be having a heart attack:
- Pain or discomfort in the chest
- Lightheadedness, cold sweat, nausea, or vomiting
- Jaw, neck or back pain
- Discomfort or pain in one or both arms or shoulders
- Shortness of breath
Recognizing the signs of a heart attack and taking quick action – like calling 911 for immediate help – can give you a better chance at celebrating another Valentine’s Day. Learn more about preventing, identifying, and recovering after a heart attack from the American Heart Association.