Very little had changed in Joe Taccino’s routine, so when he experienced a sudden spike in his weight, swelling in his arms and legs, abnormal fatigue and shortness of breath, the 84-year-old widower wasted no time getting in to see his doctor.
For children, the elderly and people with known heart disease the risk is particularly high, but even the most active winter sports enthusiast can quickly slip into hypothermia or even have a heart attack if he or she isn’t careful.
It’s the time of year dedicated to spreading awareness about heart disease (which kills more women than all forms of cancer combined) and highlighting the warning signs you or a woman you love may be having a heart attack.
It may not be as romantic as the traditional Valentine’s Day celebration, but managing your weight and choosing heart healthy foods are two ways you can celebrate Heart Health Month and fight heart disease!
Every year, thousands of hours are devoted to programs designed to help Frederick County residents lower their risk of premature death from stroke and heart attack through education and behavior modification.
“Although improving fitness and losing fatness is ideally the best combination, our study also shows that as long as individuals maintain their fitness and fatness levels, which is less challenging, they are not likely to be at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease risk factors,” Lee said.
Last summer, Daniel Havens was chronically exhausted, constantly short of breath and frequently in pain. In early September of 2012, he collapsed. Tests revealed that he had congestive heart failure.