Am I Having a Heart Attack?
“Heart Attack remains the leading cause of deaths in Malaysia for the 14th year”; reported in The Star News. The worse part is, heart attacks are not affecting only the elder populations, but the younger adults too. In a recent report, young Malaysians are at risk of getting a heart attack, even as young as 27 years old.
Last month, we were saddened by the passing of a Taiwanese actor and model Godfrey Gao, who died at 35 after an apparent heart attack while on set in China. Godfrey was a man who worked out, muscle toned, athletic and looked healthy. Yet, he collapsed while running during filming in China. How could someone who looked so fit and healthy as Godfrey die of a heart attack?
In fact, many of us cannot recognize the symptoms of heart attack, oftentimes leading to tragedy. Having good muscle tone does not reflect one’s health status, you may look fit by appearance but we cannot really tell if you are healthy by looks. Most of the time, heart attacks come without warning, but it is important to know the signs of heart attack, whether it may happen to yourself or people you know.
Pay attention if you notice the body is experiencing:
- Chest pain
- Discomfort at upper body
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
- Nausea or lightheadedness
- Back or jaw pain
Even if you are not sure if it is a heart attack, it is always better to have it checked out. Immediately call for the ambulance (999) to get the fastest lifesaving treatment.
Prevention is always better than cure, get yourself an annual medical check-up to keep track of your health status. Ensure to maintain healthy body weight and body composition, also to avoid a rise in blood cholesterol level, blood pressure, and blood glucose level.
It is very important to practice a healthy lifestyle to prevent diseases which include:
1. A balanced diet that contains healthy fat (nuts, seeds, avocado, salmon), high-quality protein (nuts, beans, tofu, eggs, chicken, fish), whole grains (oats, quinoa, whole grain rice, millet), fruits and vegetables (as colorful as possible).
2. Physically active. To exercise at least 3 times a week, 30 minutes each time.
3. Getting enough rest and sleep. Lack of sleep and stress may increase the risk of getting a heart attack.
4. Drink an adequate amount of water. Ideally to drink at least 8 glasses or 2L of water daily.
Written by: Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)
[Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietics (major) &
Food Science (minor) lowa State University, USA]