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Heart Health is incredibly important to me. Why is that? Well, a few years ago I had a high blood pressure reading, followed by another one and so on until I was worried I’d need regular high blood pressure medication. I narrowly turned that around with lifestyle changes and my wireless home blood pressure monitor, but I still monitor it. But heart health remains top of mind for me daily.
This month everyone has hearts and love on their mind. Every single store is full of heart shaped chocolates and pillows and candies. Romantic love is celebrated and Valentine’s cards are shared. Maybe you and your sweetheart will head out from a special weekend or a romantic dinner for two. But, did you know February is also Heart Month in Canada?
Before you go too nuts on chocolates and sugary sweets…Why not also take time to appreciate and better understand your most hard-working organ?
Five Heart Health Facts:
The human heart is an amazing organ. It is approximately the size of your two hands clasped together.
Your heart is relatively small but mighty. During an average lifetime it pumps around 1 million barrels of blood (enough to fill more than 3 super tankers).
The heart beats about 100,000 times a day.
In the average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.
Recognize Symptoms of a Heart Attack:
You may not like to think about it, but it’s also important to be able to recognize a heart attack, which is what happens when a part of the heart muscle isn’t getting enough blood flow. Symptoms vary by individual; common ones include:
- Chest discomfort
- Upper body discomfort (including discomfort in the arms, jaw, neck and back)
- Shortness of breath
- Sweating and nausea
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In the case of a heart attack make sure you seek immediate treatment. The longer you wait, the more damage to the heart muscle can occur. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 then crush or chew two ASPIRIN®81 mg tablets – it could save your life. ASPIRIN 81mg is approved in Canada for emergency use during a heart attack. If you have questions about your heart, talk to a doctor or trusted health care professional.
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