Know the signs and symptoms and when to #JustGo:
Typical symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain, tightness, or discomfort that comes on with physical exertion or emotional distress and that is relieved by rest. Sometimes this exertional or emotional chest discomfort can spread to the left arm or jaw area. If a heart attack is severe, these symptoms can persist when you are resting. You may feel dizzy (light headed), nauseous sweaty or short of breath. These symptoms may not be as obvious if you are female or have diabetes.
Typical symptoms of a stroke include:
- Sudden loss of speech, vision, ability to walk, or power in your hands or legs.
- No warning signs – sudden loss of ability to do something you normally can do
- Sudden weakness of the face, arms, or legs
- Droop on one side of your face
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
- Sudden loss of vision in half the visual field
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Typical symptoms of heart failure include:
- Shortness of breath with exertion that is out of keeping with your normal fitness, usually associated with swelling in the feet and ankles or abdominal bloating and reduced appetite, due to fluid retention. Shortness of breath while lying down in bed that is relieved by sitting up and weight gain over a short period of time (>2kg over 2 days) are also symptoms.
HEART VALVE DISEASE
Typical symptoms of heart valve disease, especially in those over the age of 65 years of age, include:
- Shortness of breath or dizziness with exertion that is out of keeping with your normal fitness, can also be accompanied by symptoms of heart attack or heart failure (as described above).
FAMILIAL HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA (FH)
- All of the above symptoms in a person younger than 55 who has a diagnosis of FH, has a family member diagnosed with FH or has multiple other family members with a history of heart disease or stroke.
Take control of your heart health
Own your heart health by recognising and tracking your symptoms, reaching out to your healthcare provider and following through with your treatment plan.
When your heart needs you, #StepUp.