Risk Factors:
Knowing Triggers (see below) and Symptoms (see below) are VERY IMPORTANT and knowing
the following Risk Factors are also!
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Family History
  • High Calorie Diet
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Type-A Personality
  • High Stress Lifestyle
  • Inadequate Exercise
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Blood Cholesterol
NOTE: Men have 6 to 10 times MORE Heart Attacks, than women of childbearing age. Men and
Women over 55 years old also have a HIGHER Risk Factor.

Heart Attacks are FAMOUS as a SUDDEN KILLER, striking WITHOUT WARNING!! There may be
NO apparent cause at the time of the ATTACK, but the following can be the Triggers!

1. Time of Day - Most occurances between 6 A.M. and 12 P.M. (Noon).
    Reason - Biological Clock &/or Specific Hormone Cycles.
2. Emotional Stress - Some incidences, following an Emotional TRAUMA.
    Reason - Unexpected LOSS of a LOVED one (or ...).
3. Overexertion - HIGHER incidence, shoveling snow or working HARD in HOT Summer Sun.
    Reason - Being out-of-shape and doing an other-than-normal SUPERSTRENUOUS activity.
4. Temperature Extremes - HIGHER incidence, during VERY HOT or VERY COLD.
    Reason - Situation exacerbated by the STRENUOUS activity (see above).
5. Alcohol Consumption - Increased RISK, along with other Triggers above.
    Reason - EXCESSIVE consumption can DECREASE Heart contractions and INCREASE Blood

Symptoms will vary, but some of the following are the usual WARNINGS of a Heart Attack. One
Symptom alone is NOT necessarily a WARNING Sign of a Heart Attack, but could be related to
another Health Problem. The following Symptoms can be before and/or during a Heart Attack.
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Indigestion
  • Cold Sweats
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fingers &/or Toes -
    numbness or tingling
  • Breathing Problems -
    shortness or difficulty
  • Heart Rhythm Disturbances
  • Chest Pressure &/or Pain
  • Fatigue, worsening upon exertion
  • Center of Chest (behind Breastbone) -
    unusual discomfort &/or prolonged Pain
  • Swelling of Feet, Ankles, Face &/or Eyelids
  • Left Jaw, Neck, Shoulder, Back &/or Arm Pain or Weakness,
    radiating either up or down.
NOTE: Early signs of trouble may appear during physical activity and disappear with REST.
Sometimes the above symptoms subside and then return. If interested in MORE Information
about the Heart, then please see You and Your Heart. Also please see the Heart Attack Test.

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