American Heart Month

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! February is American Heart Month. You’re heart is not just about love, it’s central to your health and wellness. Here are some things about hearts and heart health that can help you take care of your heart. Make your heart your valentine and give it some things it loves: extra movement (exercise); supportive nutrition (Deep Ocean Krill Oil and Mito Cardia CVS); and a meditative, soothing break.

Did you know? Stress absolutely can have physical effects. For your heart, this can mean both immediate and long-term problems. “Broken Heart Syndrome” is a real thing, and the symptoms are similar to a heart attack. Also known as Stress Cardiomyopathy, sudden, severe stress can cause your heart to beat faster, and the heart muscle to suddenly weaken. Chronic stress can eventually cause the heart to weaken and appear misshapen. It can also cause oxidative stress, meaning it can cause damage at a cellular level.

Treat your heart: schedule time to let stress go, whether that’s doing a soothing hobby (fishing, reading, meditating) or an active one (running, dancing, bike riding).

Did you know? Women have different heart attack symptoms (and sometimes men, too). It’s a classical movie trope: the man is yelling, stressed, and suddenly he grabs his left arm, and with an “oof” he collapses. It’s clear to everyone in the room he’s having a heart attack. But heart attack symptoms for women can be “silent” and are often attributed to stress or other dismissable problems.

Heart attack symptoms for women: squeezing, pain, or just discomfort in the center of your chest, pain in your back, both arms, jaw, or stomach, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, and feeling faint. Some describe it as feeling a “bubble” that goes up the center of the torso.

Take care of your heart today and everyday. Spend some time exercising, fighting stress, and checking up on your heart health. Make sure to feed your heart good things like those found in Mito Cardia CVS and Deep Ocean Krill Oil.

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