Published: 2017-09-26 11:35
Last Updated: 2017-09-26 12:05
Heart disease is the main cause of death in the world.
You might be surprised to learn that 13% of the Jordanians who have a stroke are under the age of 45, one of the highest percentages worldwide.
Heart doctor Ayman Hammoudeh said during a seminar held by the Jordan Sweden Medical and Sterilization Company (JOSWE) on Monday, that 15% of people with heart disease in Jordan are under the age of 45. He explained that their heart problems are in large part caused by smoking, obesity and diabetes.
Hammoudeh said that there are more male than female heart disease-sufferers in Jordan. For every 100 cases of strokes and heart attacks, 20 of them are women.
Meanwhile, 70% of the Jordanian smokers who have a stroke, continue to smoke afterwards, revealed the doctors attending the seminar.
Protect your heart by knowing the symptoms of strokes and heart attacks.
1. Trouble with speaking and understanding. You may experience confusion. You may slur your words or have difficulty understanding speech.
2. Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg. You may develop sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body. Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Similarly, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile.
3. Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes. You may suddenly have blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes, or you may see double.
4. Headache. A sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate you're having a stroke.
5. Trouble with walking. You may stumble or experience sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.
Heart attack symptoms
1. Chest discomfort or pain. This discomfort or pain can feel like a tight ache, pressure, fullness or squeezing in your chest lasting more than a few minutes. This discomfort may come and go.
2. Upper body pain. Pain or discomfort may spread beyond your chest to your shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw. You may have upper body pain with no chest discomfort.
3. Stomach pain. Pain may extend downward into your abdominal area and may feel like heartburn.
4. Shortness of breath. You may pant for breath or try to take in deep breaths. This often occurs before you develop chest discomfort, or you may not experience any chest discomfort.
5. Anxiety. You may feel a sense of doom or feel as if you're having a panic attack for no apparent reason.
6. Lightheadedness. In addition to chest pressure, you may feel dizzy or feel like you might pass out.
7. Sweating. You may suddenly break into a sweat with cold, clammy skin.
8. Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
9. Heart palpitations. You may feel as if your heart is skipping beats, or you may just be very aware that your heart is beating.