Heart attack signs in women

Ann Davis, M.D. whose specialty is Cardiology with Edward Hospital and Midwest Heart-Advocate Medical Group shared in the  Edward-Elmhurst Health, Healthy Driven newsletter  that we’ve seen it on television and movie screens; the camera focuses on a pained look on a man’s face, he grabs his chest dramatically and then falls to the floor. This is what we think a heart attack looks like — and it does sometimes — but it can come on much more subtly, especially for women. Sure, both men and women can experience a classic presentation of extreme pain or pressure in the chest, sometimes described as the feeling of an elephant on the chest. In fact, chest pain, pressure or tightness is the most common heart attack symptom for both men and women. But there are other ways the body may tell us something is wrong.

Although men and women can have atypical symptoms, women are more likely than men to experience them. Understanding these heart attack warning signs, and reacting to them, can mean the difference between life and death.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a heart attack — the cessation or drastic reduction in the flow of blood that delivers oxygen to the heart. That statistic represents about 790,000 people, 430,000 of whom are women according to the American College of Cardiology.

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The Overprotected American Child

Andrea Petersen, author of “On Edge:A Journey Through Anxiety,” shared with the Wall Steet Journal the following article:

Why not let them walk to school alone? Parents and communities are figuring out ways to give their children more independence—and it just may help them to become less anxious, more self-reliant adults.

A few weeks ago I left my 9-year-old daughter home alone for the first time. It did not go as planned.

That’s because I had no plan. My daughter was sick. My husband was out of town. And I needed to head to the drugstore—a five-minute walk away—to get some medicine for her. So I made sure my daughter knew where to find our rarely used landline phone, quizzed her on my cellphone number and instructed her not to open the front door for anyone. Then I left. Twenty minutes later I was back home. Both of us were a bit rattled by the experience—her first time completely alone, with no supervising adult!—but we were fine.

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How to raise smoke-free kids

Advocate Children’s Hospital shared with the Daily Herald Newspaper that the sad truth is that most smokers picked up the bad habit during their teenage years.

Nearly nine out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and on a daily basis, 2,100 young adults become regular cigarette smokers.

“No teenager, or adult for that matter, is immune to nicotine addiction. Teens can get hooked after smoking just a couple cigarettes for the first time, not realizing they are on the path to a lifelong addiction,” says Dr. Sai Nimmagadda, a pediatric allergist and immunologist with Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge.

Nimmagadda urges parents to do everything in their power to decrease the chances of their child reaching for a cigarette. He recommends parents use the following strategies to discourage teen smoking:

• Don’t Smoke: Not only are you saving your children from inhaling secondhand smoke, but you are also serving as a good example by not normalizing smoking in the home. Don’t allow visiting family members or friends to smoke in your house either.

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Want to be a health hero?

Upload a photo of your family’s healthy lifestyle to Dole.com/Disney, and Dole will donate $2 to Action for Healthy Kids to help us build healthier families, communities, and schools.

Even better? If you upload your photo on June 27, National Pineapple Day, your impact will be doubled! That’s right: Dole will donate $4 for every photo uploaded on June 27, even if it’s not pineapple-related.

That’s all you have to do. Just submit a photo of your family’s favorite healthy activity—cooking healthy meals, biking, swimming…anything—now through Labor Day. You can help us even more by (1) spreading the word to your friends and family, (2) sharing on social media using the hashtags #DoleHero and #DoleFamily, and (3) consider making a donation yourself here.

It couldn’t get any easier to make an impact on the schools and students we serve, so take three minutes, find or snap a photo, and go to Dole.com/Disney to upload your photo and check out other incredible families like yours.

Together, we’ll inspire others and save the world, one healthy kid at a time. Read more

Is Your Grill Making You Fat?

Good Health Update share that  as spring and summer roll around, Americans are quick to roll out the BBQ grills and get cooking.

While most will think of meat and protein coming from a BBQ, there are a few fat packing foods hiding in your grill ready to destroy your diet. If you’re looking to stay on track in the gym and on your diet, look to steer clear or curb these BBQ favorites.

From Muscle and Fitness:

Burgers – “Unfortunately, everyone’s favorite BBQ food is loaded with calories and fat. Coming in at the highest number of calories on the list, a 6-oz burger made with 80% lean ground beef has about 425 calories.”

Cole slaw – It’s just vegetables, right? Unfortunately, Cole slaw is rarely made with diets in mind and routinely see them loaded up and mixed with a ton of fat packing mayo. Read more

Have You Registered for Flat Apple?

The 2018 Flat Apple Summer Activity for kids ages preschool (age 4) through high school (age 16) will began June 1, and extends until August 25. Participants do not have to be residents of Lombard but do need to register.

Participation is as easy as 1, 2, and 3.


  1. First, a parent or guardian just clicks on the Quick Link on the right of our website at www.healthylombard.com and then clicks “Sign Up,” OR the parent/guardian may use the link on the Flat Apple 2018 Page on our website. WHEN REGISTERING, PLEASE REMEMBER AFTER YOU FILL IN THE STUDENT INFORMATION YOU STILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION. Once registered you will receive confirmation and a link to the 2018 logo. Downloading or printing the logo speeds check in makes check in at events.
  1. The Student participates in any or all of the Flat Apple Activity. There are 3 ways to have fun:


  • Go to a designated site BETWEEN June 11 and August 25. (The list can be found on both the Healthy Lombard’s Flat Apple 2018 webpage and Calendar Page), show the Flat Apple logo you downloaded when you registered, participate in their activity, and then fill out a participation ticket.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Log in YOUR activities on our Flat Apple 2018 Tracker Sheet (A link to download the form is available on the Flat Apple 2018 webpage – or use QR code below). Each time you accumulate 90 minutes you earn a Participation Ticket. Sheets due back August 18, 2018.
  • Take a selfie of YOU doing something healthy (swimming, playing ball, etc.) Send it to us at info@healthylombard.com – DON’T FORGET to add in your family password so we can fill out a participation ticket for you. Photos will be posted on our Healthy Lombard Selfie page.

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FDA Requires Fast Food Joints to Post Calories

Good Health Update shared that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to assist you in making better choices and understanding the consequences of the choices you make.

They have finally approved and adopted a mandate that will require restaurant chains to post calorie counts on menus for everyone to see. While some chains and even non-chains already feature this, it will be mandatory for any chain with more than 20 locations.

From Fox News:

“The Food and Drug Administration will now require that all restaurant chains, grocers and other prepared food stores with 20 or more locations in the U.S. post calorie counts on their menus, NPR reports.

The mandate, originally proposed in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act, was supposed to be enacted by 2015 but faced a delay after receiving heavy backlash. While many large chains, like Starbucks, McDonalds and Panera, complied several years ago, smaller vendors argued it was too tedious and expensive to calculate calories in their rotating menu of items, according to Grub Street.” Read more

Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs

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An Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Contributor shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper that a stroke can happen to anyone with very little warning, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that someone has a stroke in the U.S. every 40 seconds. Strokes kill an estimated 140,000 Americans each year, accounting for one of every 20 deaths.

Heart disease and stroke get a lot of media attention, but for all the coverage, it’s still easy to miss the warning signs.

“It is important for stroke patients to seek medical care immediately following the first signs of a stroke,” said Dr. Pavan Murty, a neurologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. “The faster treatments are provided, the better the outcomes.”

Which is why physicians, including Dr. Murty, say, “Time is brain.”

Terry Casper knows this all too well. Casper, 67, had never been sick, rarely visited a doctor and was in great health. One January evening, he was visiting his son when he noticed that something just didn’t feel right. He couldn’t see out of the right corner of his right eye.

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The CDC shared that  Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones to the point where they break easily—most often, bones in the hip, backbone (spine), and wrist. Osteoporosis is called a “silent disease” because you may not notice any changes until a bone breaks. All the while, though, your bones had been losing strength for many years.

Bone is living tissue. To keep bones strong, your body breaks down old bone and replaces it with new bone tissue. Sometime around age 30, bone mass stops increasing, and the goal for bone health is to keep as much bone as possible for as long as you can. As people enter their 40s and 50s, more bone may be broken down than is replaced.

A close look at the inside of bone shows something like a honeycomb. When you have osteoporosis, the spaces in this honeycomb grow larger, and the bone that forms the honeycomb gets smaller. The outer shell of your bones also gets thinner. All of this makes your bones weaker.

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