Know Your Heart, Ladies

Crystal Champagne
Heart attacks have been on my mind lately and rightfully so. One of the classes I teach is spin, and over the past 6 months I know two men (one of whom is a co-worker) that have suffered heart attacks while spinning. I was not teaching in either, however that is not to say that I have not been very much affected by these unfortunate events which have played havoc on my imagination. Lately while instructing cycle I experienced shortness of breath and dizziness, the first thing that ran through my mind was "there is something wrong with my heart!".

Needless to say after a few tests I know I am physically fit and the shortness of breath was due to panic attacks because of the mental stress I was feeling from being so closely associated to 2 persons suffering from heart attacks. Even though these episodes involved men there is a huge misconception that women are less prone to heart attacks, statistics show women account for almost half of all heart attacks. Furthermore, women tend to not react as quickly to getting emergency help because they are less likely to believe they are having a heart attack.

Listed below are a few symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest
  • Shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea and dizziness
  • Pain or discomfort in the upper body, neck, jaw, arms and even stomach

If you or anyone you know are experiencing any the above mentioned warning signs react fast. Time lost can be costly so don't wait more than 5 minutes to call 9-1-1

Obviously living a healthy lifestyle by eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep will greatly reduce the risk, however there is always the genetic factor that must be taken into account. If you have a family history of heart disease then it is your responsibility to yourself and to your loved ones to get checked by your physician at least once a year.

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Crystal combines 10 years of competitive equestrian riding to her certifications as a personal and group trainer to inspire individuals in achieving their fitness objectives. As well, she enjoys working as a strength coach for elite athletic sports teams.

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