Melissa Murphy: Three things everyone who survives a heart attack needs to know
It’s that time of year again, time for pumpkin spice lattes, turkey, Christmas trees, and family!
Did you know, that statistically, the most common time for somebody to have a heart attack is around the winter holidays? Total downer moment I know. But, Yikes!! Why is that?
People, this is the time of year where we all decide to be superheroes. We bake dozens of cookies, shop til we drop and make our houses look like Christmas threw up on each corner. Why do we put ourselves through this? For the love of GOD stop! You don't want to be wound so tight tinsel starts coming out of every part of your body.
If you think about it, this is the time of year where our eating habits go to crap, we get less sleep, we drive ourselves nuts with stress and anxiety trying to get everything right. The snow begins to fall and we need to shovel. In actuality, we need to take a deep breath and enjoy this time of year without all the craziness. Who knew trying to make the holidays perfect could actually cause you to become an overnight guest at the hotel i.e.: Hospital!!
I wanted to do a blog about the three things I feel everyone needs to know post heart attack.
They are simple:
- De-STRESS your life!! I know easier said than done. When I get super stressed I actually start to have chest pain. Yikes!
- Laugh, laugh and laugh some more. Mayo Clinic actually discussed the health benefits of laughter. It can stimulate many organs, soothe tension, and relieve stress responses.
- Tomorrow is not a guarantee so don't treat your life like a dress rehearsal! You only get one go around.
So, remember, if you have chest pain call 9-1-1 and remember your warning signs!
Heart Attack Warning Signs:
- Chest Discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Shortness of Breath
- Other signs
Have a wonderful holiday season and give yourself the gift of a stress-free holiday!