February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and I thought it would be a good time to discuss what to do if it happens to you or a loved one. Here is some information I took from the internet.


Know the Signs

Any of the symptoms below may be a sign you are having a heart episode:

• Uncomfortable pressure or pain in the chest

• Pain throughout the shoulders, neck, back and arms

• Chest pain accompanied by sweating, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, fatigue or an irregular pulse

• Extreme anxiousness or irritability

• Trouble sleeping

• Irregular heartbeat

What to Do

If you notice any of the above heart attack symptoms, immediately call 911. Then, take the following steps, if possible:

• Unlock the front door

• Keep your phone with you

• Take 1 adult (325 mg) or 4 low-dose (81 mg) aspirin (unless you are allergic)

• Sit in a comfortable position and stay as calm as you can while waiting for help to arrive.

*** Early detection of heart disease or a heart attack is key to having the best possible outcome. If this can save one life, it is worth reading and passing on.

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About Patrice Wilton

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about. Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages. She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience. Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.  View website

One Reply to “February is American Heart Month”

  1. Thanks for posting this. We all read it–and then blithely forget it until we see it again. Everyone really should absorb this information so that response is automatic when you see this happening. Thanks, Patrice.

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