Dr. Oz: 5 Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Dr. Oz says it’s the #1 killer of women in the United States today. Are you a woman? Do you have a loved one who is a woman? (You should.) Then this is for you as Dr. Oz gives us a couple of tests we can do to assess our risk for heart attack, and he reveals the top warning signs of having a heart attack.
First, the 30-second heart disease test. You can try this in the comfort of your own home to assess the health of your heart. This is what you do:
- Stand up.
- Bend over (with relaxed hips).
- Touch your toes.
The farther down you can reach, the better your heart health may be. Why? Because if you can reach down to your toes then that means your arteries are just as flexible. Flexible arteries allow blood to flow more smoothly in your blood vessels. Inflexible arteries restrict the flow of blood in your arteries, and Dr. Oz compares such to burnt bacon.
Second, the CRP (C-Reactive Protein) test. This is a quick and simple test that requires no bending or stretching at all. Instead, all it requires is a quick prick of the finger to measure your heart attack risks. Based on three levels of risk in the CRP test scores (ranging from a score of zero (0) to three (3) with 0 being the most ideal for heart health) you can find out within a few minutes how healthy or unhealthy your heart is. Those with higher scores of three or above have three times the risk of developing heart disease, and what’s worse, they’re four times more likely to die from it.
Finally, Dr. Oz gives us the five warning signs that lead to a heart attack:
- extreme/unusual fatigue
- neck/shoulder/jaw pain
- shortness of breath
If you start suddenly experiencing those symptoms above out of nowhere, please do yourself and your loved ones a favor by calling 911 immediately to seek help. More Dr. Oz news to come so make sure to connect with Nerdles via our social media accounts, and bookmark our Dr. Oz archives below.
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