Monthly Archives: February 2017

Heart Attack Symptoms Differ in Women

Myocardial ischaemia, most commonly known as angina, is a heart condition caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina is typically caused by heart disease and affects more than 7 million Americans.

Classic angina symptoms include chest pain, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety, sweating, dizziness and pain in the arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back. However, studies have suggested that symptoms of angina may appear differently in men and women.

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How much sodium should I eat per day?

What should my daily sodium intake be?

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day and an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults.

Because the average American’s sodium intake is so excessive, even cutting back to no more than 2,400 milligrams a day will significantly improve blood pressure and heart health.

More than 75 percent of the sodium Americans eat comes from some processed, prepackaged and restaurant foods – not from the salt shaker.

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Do you know your numbers?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, happens when this force is too high. This abnormal blood pressure is what puts stress on the heart and causes premature death.

Blood pressure is read as two numbers, such as 110/70. The first number, or systolic number, indicates the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts in a beat. The second number, or diastolic number, indicates the pressure in your arteries while your heart is at rest between beats.

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