American Heart Month

Get Smart about Your Heart Health: Sponsored by White Plains Hospital

February is American Heart Month, a reminder about the importance of prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease.

Here are 10 tips to help you identify potential signs of heart issues.

If you suspect you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

  1. Chest Discomfort:
    • Pay attention to any discomfort, pressure, squeezing, or pain in the chest. This may last for a few minutes or come and go.
  2. Shortness of Breath:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, especially if it occurs with or without chest discomfort, could be a sign of heart trouble.
  3. Fatigue:
    • Unexplained fatigue, weakness, or a feeling of exhaustion, particularly if it's out of the ordinary for you, may be a warning sign.
  4. Dizziness or Lightheadedness:
    • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy, especially when standing up suddenly, may indicate an issue with blood flow and potential heart problems.
  5. Pain or Discomfort in the Upper Body:
    • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach can be a symptom of a heart attack.
  6. Nausea or Vomiting:
    • Persistent nausea or vomiting, unrelated to other conditions, might be a warning sign of heart trouble.
  7. Sweating:
    • Unexplained or excessive sweating, particularly breaking out in a cold sweat, can be associated with heart issues.
  8. Irregular Heartbeat:
    • Pay attention to palpitations or irregular heartbeats. If you feel your heart is racing or fluttering, it's essential to get it checked.
  9. Swelling:
    • Swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, or abdomen may be a sign of heart failure, as the heart struggles to pump blood effectively.
  10. Unexplained Weight Gain:
    • Sudden or unexplained weight gain may indicate fluid retention, a potential symptom of heart failure.

It's crucial to note that these symptoms can vary from person to person, and some individuals may not experience any symptoms at all. If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about your heart health, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and guidance. Regular check-ups and screenings are also important for maintaining heart health. 

To find a physician, or to learn more about White Plains Hospital’s Cardiac Services Program, visit


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