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Spring into heart health

By: Spencer

Just a few days ago, we turned our clocks ahead as it’s time to “spring forward” into daylight savings time. We love the longer days and warmer weather in spring, but did you know that the time change might make you more likely to have a heart attack?

Some studies have shown that more people have heart attacks on the first work day after daylight savings time begins because of:

·         Lack of sleep and

·         Strain placed on your body as it adjusts to less sleep and a different schedule.

Lack of sleep is linked to higher blood pressure and a higher risk of developing heart disease.

The best thing you can do is to be aware of how you’re feeling and to seek medical attention immediately if you experience these symptoms.

·         Chest discomfort

·         Upper body discomfort

·         Shortness of breath

·         Other signs like cold sweats, nausea, weakness fainting and lightheadedness.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to call 9-1-1 immediately. Minutes matter with a heart attack. Quick action and medical treatment can save lives and gives the doctors a better chance to save the heart muscle from permanent damage.

You can protect your heart with these tips.

·         Exercise regularly

·         Eat a healthy diet with a variety of fruit and vegetables

·         Do not smoke

·         Get seven to nine hours of sleep per night

·         Get an annual physical that includes blood pressure and cholesterol screening

What’s your heart age? Find out with our fast, free online health risk assessment.

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.