… the warning signs of a
Besides the classic, text book symptoms such as
shortness of breath and a tightness or fullness in the
chest, women may have other, less common
warning signs of heart attack, which may include:
• Atypical chest, stomach or abdominal pain
• Nausea or dizziness
• Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the
back, neck, jaw or stomach
• Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
• Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness
Heart attacks claim the lives of 500,000 American
women each year, yet only 55 percent of women
realize that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. Know the
signs of a heart attack and take action if you’re
• Call 911 for an ambulance to go to the nearest
hospital emergency room. Tell the staff that
you’re having symptoms of a heart attack.
• Chew then swallow one full-strength or adult
aspirin (325 mg.) with water as soon as possible.
This will help prevent blood clotting.
• Be clear about your symptoms so that
emergency room staff can prioritize your care
among other ER patients.
… more of the latest about aspirin.
We know this miracle drug can soothe various aches
and pains and, in small doses, prevent heart attacks.
Now, recent research says it can be a cancer-fighter
too. More examination is necessary, but researchers
are hopeful there’s more good news from this
…about a lifesaver for your phone
that’s not an app, but it’s free.
What if a misfortune such as a car accident or
medical emergency happened while you are away
from home, loved ones, co-workers and friends.
Perhaps you’re found unconscious. Would first
responders know how to contact your family? How
could paramedics find out about your medications,
allergies, or health conditions?
Thousands of victims each year are unable to
communicate with first responders due to illness or
trauma. Fortunately, it takes five minutes and costs
nothing to make sure those first responders can reach
your emergency contacts if you’re unconscious.
All you have to do is “ICE” your cell phone. “ICE”
stands for “In Case of Emergency.” If you add the
prefix “ICE” to your emergency contacts in your
phone’s contact list, first responders will know to call
them first. Let’s say Chris Smith is your emergency
contact. Simply change the entry in your contact list
from “Chris Smith” to “ICE Chris Smith.” ICE multiple
contacts to ensure coverage. Use family member
relationships instead of names. Add “ICE Sister”
instead of “ICE Alice.” Have a medical condition or
drug allergies? Taking any prescription medications?
If you don’t wear a bracelet, put something in
your wallet like a laminated business card-sized
sheet of information.
Taking a few minutes to “ICE” your phone contact
list could save your life.