1 Out of 4 People Die of Heart Attacks: Could You Identify These Symptoms?

As of June 2011 everyday 10,000 people turn 65. Pretty crazy huh? The baby-boomers were the largest group of people born at one time ever! Between 1946 to 1964 1 BILLION babies were born. What this means now is that the majority of our population is aging. What generally comes with age? Yep, you guessed it…illness.

The top 4 death-related illnesses are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, followed by respiratory diseases and so on. These chronic degenerative diseases, which are primarily preventable, are what’s killing the people we love.

However, there is something we can do about it. Becoming educated on some of the signs and symptoms associated with these life threatening illnesses and being able to respond if an emergent event happens can be the difference between life and death for our loved ones.

This is the first part in a 4 part series I’ll be covering called Recognize and Respond. In this blog post I’ll be covering what heart disease is. How it impacts us here in the U.S. How to recognize when someone is having a heart attack. Lastly, I’ll be going over briefly what YOU can do to help someone you’ve noticed possibly having a heart attack.

Are you ready? Let’s go.

Heart disease is the NUMBER 1 killer in the U.S. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 610,000 people die from it every year. Guys, that’s 1 in 4 deaths. They also have shown that almost 400,000 of those deaths are from Coronary Artery Disease.

Guess how many heart attacks happen each year? 735,000 and about 500,000 of those are first-titips-for-a-healthy-heartmers. Here’s what is staggering (as if those prior stats weren’t), the first symptom of heart disease, in the majority of people who are diagnosed with heart disease, is death.

Recognizing signs and symptoms is super important, but I think it’s also necessary to educate people on the importance of the big 3: Diet, Exercise, Supplementation. Even the federal government has finally figured out that the best way to treat disease, the least costly way to treat disease, is prevention.

Despite what you might think, the underlying cause of heart disease is not high cholesterol. Although, it is a risk factor, along with high blood pressure and diabetes. The NUMBER 1 CAUSE of heart disease is oxidative stress. If you can lessen the amount of oxidative stress one undergoes, you’ve fixed the biggest problem. The way you do that is through diet and supplementation.

As far as exercise goes, the American Heart Association recommends getting “at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. You will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.”

So let’s get to it. Let’s discuss the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. You might not know this, but the signs and symptoms are different between men and women. Signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women aren’t what one would usually associate with a heart attack. Because of this its a wonder why men are more often dying from heart attacks than women!

Here is a guide for you to use for both Men and Women. These are the most common MAJOR signs and symptoms associated with a heart attack:

Men

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Weakness
  • Unusual Fatigue
  • Cold Sweats
  • Dizziness
  • Chest Pain
  • Left Arm, Shoulder, Neck, Facial pain
  • Tightness or Pressure of the chest

Women

  • Unusual Fatigue
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Upper Abdominal Pain

Outside these signs and symptoms, NEVER discount the classical symptoms of heart attacks: chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, left arm, shoulder, neck and facial pain.

Now when this happens, it’s SO important to respond. We don’t have a whole lot of time to work with. “Time is tissue!” This means the longer we wait the more tissue is affected. Remember, a heart attack, similar to a stroke, is the LOSS OF PERFUSION (of blood, oxygen, nutrients) to an area of the heart. Re-perfusion is the number 1 goal.

If someone you witness begins having any of the symptoms above, the first thing you do is CALL EMS. Now when you go to call EMS, you imagesmight here things like this, “Oh, I’m fine.” “Don’t do that! I’ll be just fine”. “It’s probably something I ate.” “This happens all the time. It will go away in a minute.” DO NOT LISTEN! It’s better to err on the side of caution.

Second, if its at all possible and there is no allergy to Aspirin, find an aspirin and give it to them. Even more important, have them chew it up and swallow it. This will thin the blood out pretty quickly and many times alleviate the symptoms.

The person may actually have a medication called Nitroglycerin lying around somewhere. If they do, have them place one under their tongue every 5 minutes for a total of 3 times. What it does is relaxes the coronary blood vessels going to and coming from the heart, which will help re-perfuse the heart.

Third have them sit down or lay down and loosen any restrictive clothing they might have on. They need to try and relax as much as possible until the ambulance arrives. We don’t want the heart working any harder than it has too.

As I mentioned, its better to err on the side of caution. It’s unfortunate that most people don’t recognize when they’re having a heart attack. You just never think it could happen to you. Remember, the number 1 sign of cardiac disease in 51% of all cardiac disease diagnoses is death.

This is why it’s so important to be able to Recognize and Respond.

I think I’ve covered just about everything I said I would. You should now understand how heart continues to impact us as a nation. You should also know how to reduce the risk of heart disease, how to recognize when someone is possibly having a heart attack, and how to respond in the case someone IS having a heart attack.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. I hope it’s been real helpful to you. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you had to recognize and respond to a heart attack, please comment below. Also, if you have anything you feel would be important to add, I’d love and welcome all comments.

Please “Like” and “Share” this blog post if it was of value. Thanks so much for making a difference! Because when you share things like this to those you care about, you truly are.



Disclaimer Statement:
Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Health Coach. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get their amazing products out to the people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award-winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

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5 KILLER Reasons Nurses Make Amazing Entrepreneurs

Before I really get started here, I want to be completely up front with you. I truly believe the Nursing profession is AWESOME! I can’t think of another industry where someone can go to college for 2-5 years and graduate making $50K/year or more. That’s not just it either. As a nurse, there are literally countless jobs (not just bedside nursing) that can bring you lots of success and fulfillment. And for the sake of the topic at hand, Nursing is an excellent springboard into entrepreneurship. 🙂

The problem that I had run into 3 years into my career was I didn’t want a job and I didn’t want a boss. So, if you’re a nurse who would rather have the freedom from having to clock in and clock out every day, if you’re the person who would rather have complete control over your schedule, or if you’re the person who would like to travel the world at a moments notice and experience life to its fullest, maybe, just maybe, you’re an entrepreneur and didn’t even know it.

I bet right now you’re wondering if that’s even possible; if all those things you just read could even be possible for you?

They are.

In just a second I’m not only going to show you that as a Nurse it’s not only POSSIBLE for you, but I’m going to show you that you already possess the skills to make it a reality. All you really really need to do is decide to do it.

What I’m going to be covering with you specifically in this post is what I did to walk away from a perfectly fine full time job as a Trauma/Critical Care Nursing and create a global business that pays me week in and week out, whether or not I get out of bed. Sounds awesome doesn’t it? It is!

I’ll also be giving an explanation for the industry I chose to transition into and lastly 5 reasons WHY nurses make amazing entrepreneurs in this industry. Can you smell that ocean breeze yet? Let’s begin.

I want to start by saying I have had NO PRIOR SALES EXPERIENCE. I’m not, nor have I ever been in sales. Nor, do I consider what I’ve chosen as a “sales” type of business. I do however believe we are ALL selling something. As nurses, we are selling our patients and their immediate families on the idea we are fully capable to take care of them. We are selling our employers every shift that it’s a great idea to keep us on staff. We are also selling our patients on the ideas of what they need to do to live a better, healthier life when we are educating them.

I think it’s important to say this up front because so many people have limited themselves by talking themselves out of something because they felt they weren’t a “insert descriptive here”. “For things to change you have to change.” This is what my mentor Jim Rohn said. He was right!

In 2010 I was DONE. I had been working in Vegas at a Level II Trauma Center and was getting hammered every night. My wife worked in the Coroner’s office by day in forensics autopsying and I worked nights. We didn’t spend as much time as we liked with each other and I was getting burnt out real quick. One night, August 8th 2010, I had a night like no other. It was a tipping point. I went home that morning convinced that I couldn’t continue for the next 30 years doing what I was doing.

My wife, God bless her, was VERY understanding and supportive. She suggested I look around to see if I could find something that was a good fit that I could work on in my off time that could possibly sooner or later supplement my nursing income. After really diving in, I found that anything traditional I could choose was going to cost  A LOT of up front money and a lot of up front time. I didn’t have a lot of either. She later suggested I look at the Nutritional R&D company with which her mom was affiliated. I did. That’s when I was introduced to the WELLNESS INDUSTRY.

According to Nobel Prize-winning economist, college professor, and best-selling author Paul Zane Pilzer, the Wellness Industry is poised to become the next $Trillion industry, competing with computers. Wellness, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The Wellness Industry encompasses modalities (products and services) that help others achieve “wellness”.

Being introduced to USANA Health Sciences opened up my mind to the idea of becoming a Wellness Consultant within the Wellness Industry. How does Wellness Consulting work? It works very similarly to being a nurse in a hospital, accept your not. It’s a business that YOU own and operate. You set the terms, you set the pay, and it’s all done part time until it surpasses your nursing income.

What I do is, using my nursing knowledge and skills, I find out where people are healthwise and I help them to get healthier. This can be helping someone lose weight, customize dietary options, exercise programs, nutritional customization and more. This is why it’s important to have a product partner that has a diverse and complete wellness line of products and tools to help you help your clients the very best way possible.

This is one reason I chose USANA Health Sciences. Another is they actually EDUCATE you and even have a nutritional certification through Sanoviv you can choose to go through. However, there are plenty of potential product partners out there to choose from. After looking at many, I found USANA to be unique. It’s paid off more than I can tell you.

As I began to build my Wellness Consulting business, I ran into others nurses interested in running their own business as well. This led to me building a team of nurses and other healthcare professionals, all building their own Wellness Consulting businesses together. This provided tremendous leverage, which I can’t begin to explain in depth. However, with a team of Wellness Consultant partners our group began to expand to different countries as so did our clientele.

I must say it has not always been super easy, but building a business from the ground up is always challenging. It’s also created time freedom for me and my family that any traditional business could not. My wife is no longer working for anyone and is able to stay at home with our younger kids. I have returned to the hospital as a per diem nurse and work on my own time. It keeps me credentialed, provides some great extra spending money, and I enjoy it much more now that I don’t have to be there. 🙂

I believe that Wellness Consulting is the PERFECT business for Nurses and I believe there are 5 KILLER reasons nurses make not only great Wellness Consultants but great entrepreneurs:

  1. Nurses are great communicators-This is a very important skill to have as an entrepreneur. We’ve developed this skill working with patients from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, etc.
  2. Nurses are hardworking-It’s no surprise, Nurses work hard…incredibly hard. They deal with a lot of stressful situations EACH DAY. They could be tending to a cold in one room and tending to a code in another AT THE SAME TIME. Nurses work tirelessly and relentlessly every shift. It takes this type of work ethic to be an entrepreneur.
  3. Nurses SPECIALIZE in customer service-It’s what we do! Nurses work day in and day out to provide the very best of ourselves to our patients to make sure they have the very best experience they can have while we are with them. Being sick is a trying time for anyone, and we are there to help them get through it as best as we can.
  4. Nurses are people-people-Let’s face it, you can’t go into the nursing profession if you don’t like people. Working with people is what nurses do. Being a SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur requires you to not only like people but love people and love helping people.
  5. Nurses are SMART-As an entrepreneur, you’ve got to have some sense. As a Wellness Consultant you have to have more than sense. As Donna Cardillo says in one of her awesome blog posts “nurses possess a great body of knowledge and experience that is marketable, valuable, and in demand.” We bring a lot to the table. Nurses make AMAZING Wellness Consultants!

I hope I’ve convinced you. In this post I’ve told you how I went from burnt out nurse to business owner. I’ve opened your eyes to the Wellness Industry and Wellness Consulting. Lastly, I’ve explained to you 5 Killer Reasons Nurses Make Amazing Entrepreneurs.

I hope this has been helpful to you. Bedside nursing isn’t the end. You’ve got options. If you’re a nurse entrepreneur yourself CONGRATULATIONS! Please leave a comment and a shameless self-advertisement. I wouldn’t be offended at all! 🙂

THANKS FOR READING! If this has been of value to you, please like and share it with a nurse or anybody for that matter. Have a great day!


Disclaimer Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.

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Timing is EVERYTHING

It’s November already! WOW! I remember January 1st like it was just last week. It’s been a great year for the Ward family. I hope it’s been great for all you guys. I know for many it has been and for many others it has NOT been. I want to take a few minutes of your time here to HOPEFULLY encourage those of you who’ve not had the best year. PLEASE read on…

When I look back upon my life I notice there have been seasons where everything that was happening was awesome. Business was good, finances were good, family was good, it was ALL GOOD! I also notice when I look back that there were times when things just weren’t progressing the way they should. Some of those times were just completely unexplainable. Life is just like that, but why?

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”

This means that there will be tough times. I firmly believe that we are all here and called to support and encourage each other. Imagine if you NEVER had a difficult time at all in your lifetime. How would you ever be able to support and encourage someone and be empathetic if you’ve never known what it was like to go through a hardship. It would be tough, right? The toughest times are the times that make us into the people we need to become.

I heard a quote that went like this,

“Adversity makes some break; and some break records!”

-William A Ward

What’s the difference? I believe the difference is how we deal with the adversity. For ALL of you reading this, just know there IS a God, whether you believe it or not, and He cares for you enough to allow you to go through character-building times to help you become the person you were meant to become. Sometimes those times can be almost unbearable. God never said this life was going to be easy, but He did say he would be there with you if you call on Him.

For all of you out there going through the fire right now, stay strong. You CAN beat this thing! You CAN make it! You will get through and when you come out the other side, it will be awesome! Then you will be able to give good counsel to someone else having to go through something similar. Before you go, I want to leave you with one more quote.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

-John 16:33

Thanks so much for taking time to spend with me. If this has been of value, please like, share, retweet, etc. I hope you guys have an awesome week! You may not know, but I study and educate those that are interested in Christian Apologetics. Apologetics doesn’t mean “apology”, but instead is derived from the Greek word “Apologia” which means to give a response. In the case of Christian Apologetics, it literally means to give a response to Christianity. If you have questions about Christianity, God, Jesus, Science possibly disproving the possibility of a divine creator, or just having trouble with your faith because of circumstances I haven’t mentioned, check out this great website I love to forward people to!


Disclaimer Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.

If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.