The Beat Is On During American Heart Month at CDH
The Heart is the Center of Free Classes in February
WINFIELD, Ill., January 5, 2007 — Learning more about living healthy should not be limited to a single month; however, Valentine decorations remind us of American Heart Month in February.
While heart attacks are portrayed dramatically in the movies as the actor clutches his chest and drops to the ground, more often the scenario is less obvious. Many heart attacks start slowly, as a mild pain or discomfort and many victims may not recognize what is happening. Symptoms may even come and go and even those who have had a heart attack before may not recognize their symptoms, because the next attack can have entirely different ones.
According to the American Heart Association these are symptoms to take seriously:
Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
Heart specialists from Central DuPage Hospital are offering free educational events in February to teach you more about your heart. The “Dinner with the Doc” series includes a free healthy gourmet meal and a talk themed on an important health topic. These FREE programs will fill quickly, and space is limited, so please call 630-933-4CDH (4234) to reserve your space. Reservation is required for admittance.
For more information about these or other events at CDH, visit Central DuPage Hospital’s website at www.cdh.org or contact Information and Physician Referral at (630) 933-4CDH.
Central DuPage Hospital
Amy Jo Steinbruecker