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Heart Attack – Don’t Lie Down

Didn’t know that you should not lie down while waiting for the EMT!

 

About Heart Attacks:

There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left arm.
One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating,however these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.  If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards: CALL 911
– say “heart attack!”
– say that you have taken 2 aspirins..
– phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by
– take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and… DO NOT lie down

A Cardiologist has stated that, if each person tells 10 others, at least one life can be saved!

A Good Note: Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve under the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep aspirin by your bedside?

Heart attack info NEW ASPIRIN/ Serious stuff, no joke!!

Just a reminder to all: purchase a box, keep one in your car, pocketbook, wallet, bedside, etc.

Something that we can do to help ourselves.

A Nurse’s Heart Attack Experience

Very informative information for the ladies…..please read and heed.  If we’ve forwarded this to a gentleman, please share with the special ladies in your life~ ~ ~

A NURSE’S HEART ATTACK EXPERIENCE

I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have

ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on!

FEMALE HEART ATTACKS

I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the

best description I’ve ever read.

Women and heart attacks (Myocardial

infarction). Did you know that women rarely have the same

dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack?

You know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat,

grabbing the chest and dropping to the floor that we see in the movies?

Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack.

“I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO

prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on.

I was sitting all snugly and warm on a cold evening, with my purring

cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and

actually thinking, ‘A-A-h, this is the life’, all cozy and warm in my

soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.

A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you’ve

been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with

a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you’ve

swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is

most uncomfortable.  You realize you shouldn’t have gulped it down so

fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass

of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach.  This was my

initial sensation—the only trouble was that I hadn’t taken a bite of

anything since about 5:00 PM.

After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little

squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it

was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing

up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically

when administering CPR).

This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out

into both jaws.  AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening

— we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of

the signals of an MI happening, haven’t we?  I said aloud to myself and

the cat, ‘Dear God, I think I’m having a heart attack’!

I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a

step and fell on the floor instead.  I thought to myself, If this is a

heart attack, I shouldn’t be walking into the next room where the phone

is or anywhere else … But, on the other hand, if I don’t, nobody will

know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to

get up in a moment.

I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the

next room and dialed the Paramedics …. I told her I thought I was

having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum

and radiating into my jaws.  I didn’t feel hysterical or afraid, just

stating the facts.  She said she was sending the Paramedics over

immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to

un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me

when they came in.

I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and

lost consciousness, as I don’t remember the medics coming in, their

examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their

ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but

I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was

already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my

stretcher out of the ambulance.  He was bending over me asking

questions (probably something like ‘Have you taken any medications?’)

but I couldn’t make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an

answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and his partner

had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery

into the aorta and into my heart where they installed two side by side

stints to hold open my right coronary artery.

I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at

least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took

perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St.

Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was all

ready to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my

heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the

procedure) and installing the stints.

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the

usual men’s symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my

sternum and jaws got into the act).  It is said that many more women

than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn’t know they

were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some

Mallox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping

they’ll feel better in the morning when they wake up … which doesn’t

happen.  My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like

mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is

unpleasantly happening that you’ve not felt before.  It is better to

have a ‘false alarm’ visitation than to risk your life guessing what it

might be!

2. Note that I said ‘Call the Paramedics.’ And if

you can take an aspirin.  Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!  Do NOT try

to drive yourself to the ER – you are a hazard to others on the road.

Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking

anxiously at what’s happening with you instead of the road.  Do NOT

call your doctor — he doesn’t know where you live and if it’s at night

you won’t reach him anyway, and if it’s daytime, his assistants (or

answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics.  He doesn’t

carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved!  The

Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP.  Your Dr. will be

notified later.

3. Don’t assume it couldn’t be a heart attack because you have a normal

cholesterol count.  Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated

reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it’s unbelievably high

and/or accompanied by high blood pressure).

MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the

body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to

sludge things up in there.  Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound

sleep.  Let’s be careful and be aware.  The more we know the better

chance we could survive.

Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail?  Because I want all

of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first

hand.”

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people,

you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.

**Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends (male and female) you care

about!**

Passing the Purple Hat

Passing the Purple Hat to You

In honour of women’s history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.
Pass this on to five women that you want watched over. If you don’t know five women to pass this on to, one will do just fine.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER – by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage..
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace…
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased & sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.’ There would have been more ‘I love you’s’ more “I’m sorry’s.”

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute. Look at it and really see it .. . live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!

Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us..

If you don’t mind, share this with all the women you are grateful to have as friends.
Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.

A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.
Please Keep The Candle Going!

By sharing this, you will think and realize how you’ve been blessed, up until now.
This is a disease which affects all families… no one is exempt!

Find a Cure!

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.
Even if it’s to one more person..
In memory of anyone you know that has
been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.
A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.