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The following is sourced from Irish Heart Foundation
Know the symptoms of a heart attack
• Chest pain
• Upper body pain in the neck, jaw, back or arms
• Shortness of breath
• Loss of consciousness
Call 999 immediately if you think you are having a heart attack.
Take positive steps to prevent a heart attack
Get out and do something that raises your pulse for at least half an hour, five days every week. You don’t have to run ten miles at Olympic pace, a brisk walk or easy jog will do the job, as long as it’s regular.
Step away, at least most of the time, from the pizza and chips. Up the intake of fruit and vegetables and try to include some grains, like rice, in your diet. Fish is brilliant. Eat it twice a week – there are really tasty, and easy to prepare, fresh and frozen fish (without batter) available in all supermarkets these days.
Watch the weight
Be aware of your healthy range and try to stay within it.
Cut out the fags
After one year of quitting the risk of sudden death from heart attack is cut almost in half.
Easy on the booze
Try not to binge and keep under 21 standard drinks a week, the recommended maximum amount for men.
Take time for yourself, your family and your friends.
Get to know your GP
Have your GP regularly check your blood pressure and cholesterol. Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late!
Know your family history
Have your parents or close relatives had heart problems?
Heart conditions explained
For more detailed information on heart attack, heart conditions and diagnosis find out more here: Heart & Stroke Helpline I890 432 787.
If you are worried about heart problems or would like lifestyle advice, talk to an Irish Heart Foundation nurse in confidence on our Heart & Stroke Helpline 1890 432 787, Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm or email [email protected]