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Surviving A Heart Attack

Even though deaths from coronary heart disease have been cut by 75% in the past 4 decades, cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of men and women in the U.S. And while there is much written about how to prevent a heart attack, the American College of Cardiology reports that knowing how to survive one is critical. Here are a few simple, but very important steps to remember…

  1. Recognize the symptoms These often can include chest discomfort or pain in the shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw without chest pain. Stomach pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, sweating with cold, clammy feeling skin or nausea and vomiting are also common symptoms.
  2. Call 911
  3. Chew an aspirin while you wait for the emergency team to arrive

Most importantly, get help fast when symptoms surface. Too many people refuse to drop everything and seek help and the more time it takes for doctors to open a blockage with drugs or cardiac catheterization, the more heart muscle will die. As cardiologists say – “time is muscle.”

Big Season for Ticks

Early warm weather meant an earlier than normal start to ticks and the hard to diagnose symptoms and illnesses that come with them – led by Lyme disease. Symptoms range from headache and muscle aches to serious and long-term complications that affect the brain, joints, heart, nerves and muscles. A few steps you can take to fight disease bearing ticks include:

  1. Keep grass mowed and leaves raked.
  2. Restrict the use of groundcover plants that tempt deer and other wildlife to feed.
  3. Keep firewood and bird feeders away from your home.
  4. Keep pets out of the woods, especially dogs that can easily bring a tick back into the house.
  5. Move swing sets and sand boxes away from the woods and if necessary, place them on a foundation of wood chips or mulch.

For more on a variety of tick species, visit www.cdc.gov/ticks.

To view other articles from the SIP Summer Newsletter, please click here.

In cooperation with NAEBA

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