Manning Regional Healthcare Center
February is American Heart Month
Did you know that one in three women will die of heart disease? That’s more than all forms of cancer combined. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women.
It’s not just a problem for older adults. Heart disease and stroke can affect people at any age. In fact, new research shows heart attacks are on the rise in young people. That’s why it’s important for everyone to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.
In recognition of American Heart Month, Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s Specialty Clinic Cardiologist, Dr. Kyle Ulveling, shares heart attack and stroke symptoms to be aware of as well as tips to maintain a healthy heart, “Eat healthy, stay physically active, abstain from tobacco, find ways to manage stress to the best of your ability and schedule regular wellness exams with your primary provider.”
The term heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart attack. To identify a heart attack, be aware of these symptoms:
- Discomfort, tightness, or pain in your chest, arm or below your breastbone
- Discomfort in your back, jaw, throat or arm
- Fullness, indigestion or a choking feeling
- Sweating, vomiting or dizziness
- Severe weakness, anxiety, fatigue or shortness of breath
- Fast or uneven heartbeat
To identify a stroke, remember the acronym FAST: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911.
One way to maintain a baseline understanding of your health is to participate in consistent wellness exams. Wellness Clinics at Manning Regional Healthcare Center are offered on the second Friday of every month from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome, however appointments are preferred.
For more information about heart health or to schedule an appointment, call Manning Regional Healthcare Center at (712) 655-8112.