Manning Regional Healthcare Center
Manning Regional Healthcare Center Celebrates American Heart Month
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women. In recognition of American Heart Month and to promote heart health, Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s Specialty Clinic Cardiologist, Dr. Kyle Ulveling, shares heart attack and stroke symptoms to watch for 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,” said Ulveling.
Taking care of your heart can be as simple as the ABC’S, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Talk with your health care provider about aspirin, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation.
Heart Attack and Stroke Warning Signs
Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart attacks. According to the CDC, coronary artery disease (CAD) is the main cause of heart attack. To identify a heart attack, be aware of these symptoms and call 911 immediately if you or a loved one are experiencing the following:
- 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
- Feeling nauseous, light-headed or unusually tired is common in women
Being aware of the symptoms of a stroke are vital as fast treatment can lessen the brain damage that strokes can cause. According to the CDC, stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within three hours of the first symptoms. If you notice any of the following in yourself or a loved one, call 911 immediately:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
A quick way to identity a stroke is to remember the acronym FAST: test for face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. If you notice any of these symptoms it is time to call 911.
Heart disease is not just a problem for older adults. Heart disease and stroke can affect people at any age. Research is beginning to show that heart attacks are on the rise in young people. MRHC encourages everyone to take charge of their heart health and urge loved ones to do the same.
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. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (712) 655-2072.
MRHC also offers cardiac stress tests, echocardiograms as well as other heart services. For more information about heart health or to schedule an appointment, call the Manning Regional Healthcare Center Specialty Clinic at (712) 655-8112.
Staff at Manning Regional Healthcare Center wore red on Friday, February 5th, National Wear Red Day, to show their support for those fighting cardiovascular disease.