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It’s the Season of Love. Be Smart!

Today’s blog is about showing some love not just to your sweetheart, but to your own heart. In our busy lives, it’s all too easy to take our heart health for granted. We might eat too many processed foods, fall short on our exercise or delay health check-ups with our doctors. With all the added stress of by the pandemic, it’s easy to forget to prioritize your heart health. However, our heart health is essential to our overall well-being.

It’s important to remember that while many things through the pandemic have been canceled, heart and vascular disease has not. Heart attacks and strokes still happen, even in a pandemic. However, there can be warning signs to help identify and treat these conditions.

At Southeastern Med, we’re welcoming heart patients, just as we always have. Our COVID-19 protocols ensure safety while at our facilities. We encourage anyone who’s concerned about a possible heart condition to schedule an appointment by 740.630.9708.

To help you assess your symptoms and whether they might be signs of serious heart conditions, we’ve included the simple guide below, created by Anne Albers, MD, an OhioHealth cardiologist.

What are the signs/symptoms of a heart or vascular emergency?

Don’t ignore these signs:

  • Appearance
    • Pale
    • Sweaty
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Visibly uncomfortable
  • Pain
    • Chest
    • Back
    • Jaw
    • Shoulder
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness/fainting
  • Heart racing or palpitations
  • Severe leg swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting

For stroke, remember BE FAST:

  • Loss of Balance
  • Trouble seeing out of one or both Eyes
  • Facial weakness
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 911.

Make sure to check in with one of our physicians so you can make sure you are on a heart-healthy path. A healthy heart is the best Valentine’s gift of all!