When children lose their baby teeth, what do parents usually do with them? They ask their children to put the tooth under their pillow so the tooth fairy can come and collect it, giving a dollar in its place. But after this new scientific finding, the tooth fairy could be out of a job because dentists are urging parents to hold onto their children’s baby teeth as doing so could help save their lives.
While many parents hold onto their child’s first tooth lost, some have the habit of keeping all of them in their possession. Now, this habit could prove to be a lifesaver as dentists are coming forward to share the new research about this bizarre hoarding.
The United States National Center for Biotechnology Information has announced that stem cells derived from baby teeth can be used in numerous medical procedures. That means if a parent held onto a child’s baby tooth, researchers might be able to extract stem cell information to help save the child’s life later.
You’ve undoubtedly heard about stem cells. They were a thing of controversy only a few decades ago. Now they’re old-hat and commonly researched in the medical field. However, discoveries around stem cells, which are cells that have not yet grown into a specific bodily function, keep coming at a fast pace.
Stem cells have the ability to become any cell in the body. This means that scientists can help determine their purpose so they can do wondrous things in the human body like fight cancer.
Most scientists now harvest stem cells through the bone marrow. This can make it difficult to access. But as it turns out, baby teeth are loaded with bone marrow, which makes it an easy way for scientists to access this potent type of biological information.
Now that you know that a lot of vital information is stored within baby teeth in the form of stem cells, this information is only accessible to scientists if they have the teeth in the first place. If you or your parents saved baby teeth, they could become a life-saving resource later in life if stem cells are ever required.
While stem cells can be used to fight cancer, researchers have uncovered other ways to use stem cells in baby teeth. One of the most exciting ones is that stem cells can be used to regrow bones. They are also useful for re-growing neural cells in the brain and for preventing heart attacks. Imagine if one of your baby teeth was used to save you from a heart attack in your later years. Stem cells from these teeth can also help regenerate the liver, treat diabetes, and reproduce eye tissue. There are also other uses being discovered every year, and there seems to be almost no limit to how useful these baby teeth can be.
Although many of the treatments are only in their infant stages as it comes to research, in a decade or two baby teeth could come in very, very handy.
Everyone has moments of forgetfulness from time to time, especially when life gets busy.
While this can be a completely normal occurrence, having a poor memory can be frustrating.
Genetics plays a role in memory loss, especially in serious neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. However, research has shown that diet and lifestyle have a major impact on memory too.
Here are 14 evidence-based ways to improve your memory naturally.
1. Eat Less Added Sugar
Eating too much added sugar has been linked to many health issues and chronic diseases, including cognitive decline.
Research has shown that a sugar-laden diet can lead to poor memory and reduced brain volume, particularly in the area of the brain that stores short-term memory (1, 2).
For example, one study of more than 4,000 people found that those with a higher intake of sugary beverages like soda had lower total brain volumes and poorer memories on average compared to people who consumed less sugar (2).
Cutting back on sugar not only helps your memory but also improves your overall health.
SUMMARYResearch has shown that people who regularly consume lots of added sugar may have poorer memories and lower brain volumes than those who consume less sugar.
2. Try a Fish Oil Supplement
Fish oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
These fats are important for overall health and have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, relieve stress and anxiety, and slow mental decline (3, 4).
Many studies have shown that consuming fish and fish oil supplements may improve memory, especially in older people.
One study of 36 older adults with mild cognitive impairment found that short-term and working memory scores improved significantly after they took concentrated fish oil supplements for 12 months (5).
Another recent review of 28 studies showed that when adults with mild symptoms of memory loss took supplements rich in DHA and EPA, like fish oil, they experienced improved episodic memory (6).
Both DHA and EPA are vital to the health and functioning of the brain and also help reduce inflammation in the body, which has been linked to cognitive decline (7).
SUMMARYFish and fish oil supplements are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Consuming them may help improve short-term, working and episodic memory, especially in older people.
3. Make Time for Meditation
The practice of meditation may positively affect your health in many ways.
It is relaxing and soothing, and has been found to reduce stress and pain, lower blood pressure and even improve memory (8).
In fact, meditation has been shown to increase gray matter in the brain. Gray matter contains neuron cell bodies (9).
As you age, gray matter declines, which negatively impacts memory and cognition (10).
Meditation and relaxation techniques have been shown to improve short-term memory in people of all ages, from people in their 20s to the elderly (11).
For example, one study demonstrated that Taiwanese college students who engaged in meditation practices like mindfulness had significantly better spatial working memory than students who did not practice meditation (12).
Spatial working memory is the ability to hold and process information in your mind about the positions of objects in space.
SUMMARYMeditation isn’t just good for your body — it’s also good for your brain. Research suggests meditation may increase gray matter in the brain and improve spatial working memory.
4. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy body weight is essential for well-being and is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind in top condition.
Several studies have established obesity as a risk factor for cognitive decline.
Interestingly, being obese can actually cause changes to memory-associated genes in the brain, negatively affecting memory (13).
Obesity can also lead to insulin resistance and inflammation, both of which can negatively impact the brain (14).
A study of 50 people between the ages of 18 and 35 found that a higher body mass index was associated with significantly worse performance on memory tests (15).
Obesity is also associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease that destroys memory and cognitive function (16).
SUMMARYObesity is a risk factor for cognitive decline. Maintaining a body mass index within the normal range may help you avoid a host of issues associated with obesity, including a poorer memory.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of proper sleep has been associated with poor memory for quite some time.
Sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation, a process in which short-term memories are strengthened and transformed into long-lasting memories.
Research shows that if you are sleep deprived, you could be negatively impacting your memory.
For example, one study looked at the effects of sleep in 40 children between the ages of 10 and 14.
One group of children was trained for memory tests in the evening, then tested the following morning after a night’s sleep. The other group was trained and tested on the same day, with no sleep between training and testing.
The group that slept between training and testing performed 20% better on the memory tests (17).
Another study found that nurses working the night shift made more mathematical errors and that 68% of them scored lower on memory tests compared to nurses working the day shift (17).
Health experts recommend adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health (18).
SUMMARYStudies have consistently associated sufficient sleep with better memory performance. Sleep helps consolidate memories. You’re also likely to perform better on memory tests if you’re well rested than if you’re sleep deprived.
6. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a mental state in which you focus on your present situation, maintaining awareness of your surroundings and feelings.
Mindfulness is used in meditation, but the two aren’t one and the same. Meditation is a more formal practice, whereas mindfulness is a mental habit you can use in any situation.
Studies have shown that mindfulness is effective at lowering stress and improving concentration and memory.
One study of 293 psychology students showed that those who underwent mindfulness training had improved recognition-memory performance when recalling objects compared to students who did not receive mindfulness training (19).
Mindfulness has also been linked with a lower risk of age-related cognitive decline and an overall improvement in psychological well-being (20).
Incorporate mindfulness techniques into your daily routine by paying more attention to your present situation, concentrating on your breathing and gently resetting your attention when your mind wanders.
SUMMARYPracticing mindfulness techniques has been associated with increased memory performance. Mindfulness is also linked to reduced age-related cognitive decline.
7. Drink Less Alcohol
Consuming too many alcoholic beverages can be detrimental to your health in many ways and can negatively impact your memory.
Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that raises your blood alcohol levels to 0.08 grams per ml or above. Studies have shown it alters the brain and results in memory deficits.
A study of 155 college freshmen found that students who consumed six or more drinks within a short period of time, either weekly or monthly, had difficulties in immediate and delayed memory-recall tests compared to students who never binge drank (21).
Alcohol exhibits neurotoxic effects on the brain. Repeated episodes of binge drinking can damage the hippocampus, a part of the brain that plays a vital role in memory (22).
While having a drink or two now and then is perfectly healthy, avoiding excessive alcohol intake is a smart way to protect your memory.
SUMMARYAlcohol has neurotoxic effects on the brain, including reducing memory performance. Occasional moderate drinking isn’t an issue, but binge drinking can damage your hippocampus, a key area of your brain associated with memory.
8. Train Your Brain
Exercising your cognitive skills by playing brain games is a fun and effective way to boost your memory.
Crosswords, word-recall games, Tetris and even mobile apps dedicated to memory training are excellent ways to strengthen memory.
A study that included 42 adults with mild cognitive impairment found that playing games on a brain-training app for eight hours over a four-week period improved performance in memory tests (23).
Another study of 4,715 people showed that when they did 15 minutes of an online brain-training program at least five days a week, their short-term memory, working memory, concentration and problem-solving improved significantly compared to a control group (24).
Plus, brain-training games have been shown to help reduce the risk of dementia in older adults (25).
SUMMARYGames that challenge your brain may help you strengthen your memory and may even reduce the risk of dementia.
9. Cut Down on Refined Carbs
Consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates like cakes, cereal, cookies, white rice and white bread may be damaging to your memory.
These foods have a high glycemic index, meaning the body digests these carbohydrates quickly, leading to a spike in blood sugar levels (26).
Studies have shown that the Western diet, which is high in refined carbohydrates, is associated with dementia, cognitive decline and reduced cognitive function (27).
One study of 317 healthy children found that those who consumed more processed carbs like white rice, noodles and fast food had reduced cognitive capacity, including poorer short-term and working memory (28).
Another study demonstrated that adults who consumed ready-to-eat breakfast cereal daily had poorer cognitive function than those who consumed cereal less frequently (29).
SUMMARYLike added sugar, refined carbohydrates lead to a spike in blood sugar levels, which can damage your brain over time. Diets high in refined carbs have been associated with dementia, cognitive decline and reduced brain function.
10. Get Your Vitamin D Levels Tested
Vitamin D is an important nutrient that plays many vital roles in the body.
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to a host of health issues, including a reduction in cognitive function.
A study that followed 318 older adults for five years found that those who had blood levels of vitamin D less than 20 nanograms per ml lost their memory and other cognitive abilities faster than those with normal vitamin D levels (30).
Low levels of vitamin D have also been linked to a greater risk of developing dementia (31).
Vitamin-D deficiency is very common, especially in colder climates and in those with darker skin. Speak with your doctor about getting a blood test to find out if you need a vitamin D supplement.
SUMMARYVitamin-D deficiency is very common, especially in colder climates, and has been associated with age-related cognitive decline and dementia. If you think you might have low levels of vitamin D, ask your doctor for a blood test.
11. Exercise More
Exercise is important for overall physical and mental health.
Research has established that it’s beneficial for the brain and may help improve memory in people of all ages, from children to older adults.
For example, a study of 144 people aged 19 to 93 showed that a single bout of 15 minutes of moderate exercise on a stationary bike led to improved cognitive performance, including memory, across all ages (32).
Many studies have shown exercise may increase the secretion of neuroprotective proteins and improve the growth and development of neurons, leading to improved brain health (33).
Regular exercise in midlife is also associated with a decreased risk of developing dementia later in life (34).
SUMMARYExercise brings incredible benefits for your whole body, including your brain. Even moderate exercise for short periods has been shown to improve cognitive performance, including memory, across all age groups.
Antioxidants help lower inflammation in the body by reducing oxidative stress caused by free radicals. You can consume antioxidants in foods like fruits, vegetables and teas.
A recent review of nine studies with more than 31,000 people found that those who ate more fruits and vegetables had lower risks of cognitive decline and dementia compared to those who consumed less of these nutritious foods (35).
Berries are particularly high in antioxidants like flavonoids and anthocyanins. Eating them may be an excellent way to prevent memory loss.
One study of more than 16,000 women demonstrated that those who consumed the most blueberries and strawberries had slower rates of cognitive decline and memory loss than women who ate fewer berries (36).
SUMMARYAnti-inflammatory foods are great for your brain, especially berries and other foods that are high in antioxidants. To incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet, you can’t go wrong by consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables.
13. Consider Curcumin
Curcumin is a compound found in high concentrations in turmeric root. It’s one of a category of compounds called polyphenols.
It is a potent antioxidant and exerts powerful anti-inflammatory effects in the body.
Multiple animal studies have found that curcumin reduces oxidative damage and inflammation in the brain and also lowers the quantity of amyloid plaques. These accumulate on neurons and cause cell and tissue death, leading to memory loss (37).
In fact, amyloid plaque buildup may play a role in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (38).
Though more human studies are needed on the effects of curcumin on memory, animal studies suggest it may be effective at boosting memory and preventing cognitive decline (39, 40).
SUMMARYCurcumin is a potent antioxidant. Animal studies have shown it reduces inflammation and amyloid plaques in the brain. However, more research in humans is needed.
14. Add Some Cocoa to Your Diet
Cocoa is not only delicious but also nutritious, providing a powerful dose of antioxidants called flavonoids. Research suggests flavonoids are particularly beneficial to the brain.
They may help stimulate the growth of blood vessels and neurons and increase blood flow in parts of the brain involved with memory.
A study of 30 healthy people found that those who consumed dark chocolate containing 720 mg of cocoa flavonoids demonstrated better memory compared to those who consumed white chocolate without cocoa flavonoids (41).
To get the most benefit out of chocolate, choose dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% cacao or higher. That will help ensure it contains larger amounts of antioxidants like flavonoids.
SUMMARYCocoa is high in antioxidants that may help improve memory performance. Make sure to choose dark chocolate with 70% cacao or higher so you get a concentrated dose of antioxidants.
The Bottom Line
There are many fun, simple and even delicious ways to improve your memory.
Exercising your mind and body, enjoying a quality piece of chocolate and reducing the amount of added sugar in your diet are all excellent techniques.
Try adding a few of these science-backed tips to your daily routine to boost your brain health and keep your memory in top condition.
A plant known as the giant Hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, has been spreading and growing, making its way across a number of states in America.
It might look quite beautiful, but the fact is that contact with this plant can have devastating effects.
There are a number of dangerous plants out there that can irritate the skin when touched or poison you if consumed, but the giant Hogweed – which is also known by many other names, such as giant cow parsnip, giant cow parsley, cartwheel-flower, or hogsbane – is especially dangerous.
A mere touch of this plant’s sap can result in lifelong scarring or burns on the skin or even permanent blindness if it gets into the eye.
As of now, this plant has made its way into the states of Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, with Virginia being the newest of affected states.
The rampant spread of giant Hogweed has led health officials, experts and authorities to issue warnings to citizens about keeping safe around this plant.
Lovely to look at on the outside, the giant Hogweed grows to be between 8 and 14 feet and has lobed, dark green leaves that can hit a whopping 5 feet in diameter.
It has a thick and hollow stem that is peppered with white hairs and little purple dots and specks, and over the very top of the plant is a large umbrella formation full of incredibly beautiful white flowers.
Needless to say, it’s quite a sight to behold – but don’t let it fool you!
The giant Hogweed makes use of a particular kind of sap that contains a chemical known as Photosynthesizing furanocoumarins.
The purpose of this sap is to make the plant extremely sensitive to light to promote better growth and health.
Unfortunately, that means that if it gets onto your skin, it will make the affected area highly prone to sunburns.
In fact, contact with this sap can cause third-degree burns and a variety of skin problems that cannot be cured and will be with you for the rest of your life.
On top of that, if the sap touches your eye by accident, the hypersensitivity to light can cause permanent blindness.
If you do touch sap by accident, you should immediately get out of the sun and go somewhere shady. Rinse your skin thoroughly with soap and cold water.
Even if you don’t see adverse effects, it’s a good idea to continuously apply sunscreen to the area or wear a bandage or clothing that will fully cover it from the sun, even for months after the incident.
If your clothes get sap on them, remove immediately, taking care not to get any on your skin, and wash separately from other clothing.
What happens if you spot a giant Hogweed growing in your yard? Do not under any circumstances try to get rid of it yourself!
Don’t weed whack, mow, or cut it as that will just promote further growth and spreading and make the chances of the sap seeping through the air much higher.
Instead, contact a professional plant control specialist as soon as possible.
Everyone is well aware of the health risks of smoking, but those who have a regular smoking habit often have a hard time kicking it. After an eye-opening experience, a man was able to quit his pack-a-day habit the same day. All it took was watching a video to help him quit for good. The video, uploaded by North Carolina nurse Amanda Eller, showed a comparison of the lungs of a smoker and those of a healthy person.
The black, cancer-ridden lungs of the person who smoked a pack a day for 20 years looked frightening enough when compared to the vibrant red, healthy lungs. By appearance alone, that might be enough to curb anyone’s smoking habit, but what happened next was beyond illuminating.
Each set of lungs was inflated to illustrate how well a person could breathe, depending on lung health. Notice the red lungs inflate fully and deflate, while the black lungs fail to properly inflate.
According to a report from the Daily Mail: “Smoking raises a person’s risk of developing lung cancer by approximately 23 times and is responsible for 87 percent of all related deaths.”
A woman’s voice is heard explaining, while attempting to inflate the unhealthy lungs: “Because these lungs are COPD, cancerous lungs, the elastance (the ability to rebound after being stretch during inhalation) is gone, so they will stretch out but then the recoil of them just snaps right back.” As a result, unhealthy lungs have to work harder to bring in enough air, which will leave the person feeling breathless.
Many people weighed in with comments on the Daily Mail’s coverage of the video, with one person noting: “Urgh. Absolutely revolting. Why any person would continue to do this knowing what it does to you, just completely baffles me. (And btw – I am a former heavy smoker, but I saw the light and quit. Thank goodness!)”
Another commenter shared this frightening perspective: “I work in a respiratory department where we set up old smokers with ventilators to stop them from dying in their sleep. Keeps them going for the last five years of their miserable lives whilst they rely on supplemental oxygen whenever they want to leave the house. You may think you’re doing no harm but it will catch up with you and your final years will be difficult and frightening. I’ve never had a patient who said they’d do it all again.”
Others, however, tried to reason, noting that we all die eventually, with one commenter sharing: “Seems to me that it doesn’t matter if you smoke or not, you will end up dead one way or another. For example, the healthy lungs belong to someone who didn’t smoke and despite that, they are still dead. The moral of the story is enjoy life and do what makes you happy, you never know what might kill you.”
Another commenter countered that argument, noting: “So many ‘something will get you in the end’ comments. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable and premature death and 30% of cancer deaths. On average, smokers live 10 years less. Life is all about choices and choosing to be a slave to a pointless addiction that makes you smell and kills you and others is a stupid choice. Ask any smoker with emphysema or cancer agonizingly gasping their last breaths on a hospital ward with their loved ones sitting around them.”
Everyone knows that teenagers are very impressionable. They can succumb to peer pressure and other types of influence. But when an authority figure or someone they really want to, please tell them they have to do something, teenagers will sometimes stop at nothing to make it happen. Two fourteen-year-old twin sisters are now fighting for their lives because their modeling agency told them they had better lose weight if they hoped to make it in the fashion industry.
The two girls are fighting for their lives because their Russian modeling school urged them to stop eating until they became “living corpses.” Now doctors are working against the clock to keep them alive.
The teenagers developed anorexia because their modeling school told them to reduce their size. Because they developed the eating disorder, Masha and Dasha Ledeneva might not survive. And it seems that 29-year-old Maria Kokhno is ready to fight for the girls and advocate for change in the Russian fashion scene. Kokhno is an advocate for eating disorder sufferers and wants the public to help the Ledeneva twins to get the help they need to fight their horrible circumstances.
Because Russian modeling authorities urged the twins to lose weight, the fourteen-year-olds obeyed. And as they stopped eating to lose the weight, they dropped down to 80 pounds and 88 pounds respectively. Because they were so thin, their bodies stopped functioning, and the twins went into three-day comas. Doctors were not certain they’d come out of them.
If the modeling agency hadn’t told the twins “to reduce weight,” the girls would not have become anorexic and gotten into dangerous territory.
Because the twins were so sickly, doctors didn’t want to risk working on them. In order to find help, they were taken to Moscow where a few highly-trained doctors were willing to take the risk to help the girls survive.
The modeling agency wanted the already-slim teens to lose more weight so “their cheekbones were visible.” If they were able to meet those demands, they would have been given more photo shoots. That’s what the teens wanted more than anything, and they were willing to kill their bodies to get it.
When the girls had gotten too sickly, doctors in their home city of Lipetsk were unwilling to help. The twins had to travel more than 265 miles to a hospital in Moscow to get the treatment they needed to survive.
“Nobody was keen to help the girls, their mother went here and there, hospitals were rejecting them,” Kokhno said. “Masha can stand up, but Dasha is only lying and cannot even lift her head. The mother contacted TV presenter Elena Malysheva and the Nutrition Institute in Moscow, but nobody wanted to deal with ‘living corpses.’”
The girls are still in dire need of help.
“Both twins were told in the (modeling school) to lose five kilos (11 lbs) of weight each, so their cheekbones were visible. Both were about 50 kilos then.”
What do you think about how the modeling industry sent these young twins to the hospital?
When you buy a product, you’re casting your vote for a manufacturer. In essence, you are telling that person, with your hard-earned dollar, that you trust them to deliver on their promise and give you something of quality. But sometimes manufacturers push out inadequate products and hope that people will turn a blind eye and buy them anyways.
While this type of behavior often has consequences, in the short term they can get away with it. But when people realize that they’re purchasing dangerous products like the massive airbag recall of recent months or how Claire’s was selling children’s makeup loaded with asbestos, brands can face total ruin.
If you’re the cook of the family, you know how valuable a multi-cooker can be. And if you’re loyal to the Instant Pot brand, you better think twice. They’ve recalled their products because they were a deadly fire hazard. The products could not stand up to the heat and would melt under pressure and result in potential fires.
So what do we know about this kitchen cooker recall? Instant Pot tried to preempt the chaos when they announced, a while back, on social media about how some customers were having “problems.” But they never explained how severe these really were. But to protect themselves from lawsuits, they advised customers to quit using their products until they could investigate what was making them melt.
Their investigation yielded some horrifying results. Electronics on the bottom of the cooker, the Gem 65 model to be exact, were faulty. And when they got warm, these electronics caused the multicooker to melt. And when it melts, the whole thing becomes a ticking time bomb and fire hazard.
Don’t throw away just any Instant Pot product. This recall only affects one model – so far. The one that you must beware of is the Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. This product is the one that can burn your house down. The rest have not proven to be dangerous when used as instructed.
But the recall did cause some confusion. The faulty ones were only sold at Walmart between August 2017 and January 2018. So these are newer products. If you got something like this Instant Pot for Christmas or gave it to someone, make sure you share this recall warning.
What exactly should you look for? If you have a Gem 65 model with one of the following batch numbers, it is subject to the recall. Unplug it and do not use it.
This “batch number” is vital to keeping your family safe from fire damage.
Instant Pot did the right thing as soon as they knew their product was faulty. They contacted and partnered with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to declare the official recall.
If you own one of this dangerous multicookers, stop using it and take it to Walmart for a replacement.
About 104,000 products are affected by the recall. 107 Instant Pot Gem 65s have malfunctioned. And five cases of exploding cookers have resulted in property damage.
Call Instant Pot at 888-891-1473 if you have any questions.
Our bodies are much smarter than we give them credit for. It is usually our interpretations of their signals and warnings that are incorrect. But when we learn to tune into what our bodies are trying to tell us, we can take action and help mitigate problems before they arise. Below we’ll go through common warning signs that a heart attack might be in your future. Notice any of these? Make a doctor’s appointment and start taking action for better health today.
We all know that chest pains are a symptom of heart attack. But when they occur suddenly and are intense, you should go to the hospital. It could be a sign that you have a heart attack right now. If you feel the tension and uncomfortable sensations in your arms, jaw, neck, shoulders, or chest, get medical help. It is an early warning sign. It affects men much more often than women. Only about thirty-percent of women have this symptom.
Obviously, insomnia can have a lot of causes. Maybe it’s stress. Perhaps something else. But if it comes on suddenly, it could be a heart attack warning sign, especially for women.
Have you been having stomach problems recently? Maybe bloating, pain or nausea? When abdominal pain comes before a heart attack, it is often episodic. It can ease off then return periodically.
It’s part of aging, but losing hair at the crown of your head is an unwelcomed sign of heart attack risk. Men over 50 are at the highest risk. But women must pay attention to this too.
If you’re feeling tired out of nowhere, know that unusual fatigue is a significant warning sign for heart attacks. Fatigue naturally increases at the end of the day and after intense physical and mental exertion. But if performing mundane tasks becomes exhausting, you could be at risk.
Loss of breath
Are you experiencing breathlessness or dyspnea? This strong feeling is terrifying. You may experience it as struggling to draw a deep breath. And you could feel tired or dizzy. Women and men can both experience this issue and often comes six months before a heart attack.
Irregular heart beat rhythms
Also known as arrhythmia, irregular heartbeats or increased heart rate (tachycardia) should not be ignored. If it comes with dizziness and fatigue, your heart might not be working right. Contact your doctor.
Although a doctor might write this symptom off as “menopause,” hot flashes could be a sign of an impending heart attack. Don’t ignore strange and unusual perspiration. If it comes with flu-like symptoms and anything else including clammy skin or sweatiness no matter what the temperature, get a checkup immediately.
You can never be too cautious when it comes to heart attack warning signs. If you’ve experienced any of these eight, go see your doctor or go to the hospital if they are very intense. Don’t ignore what your body is telling you. Be proactive. It could save your life.