Because most heart attacks happen within the first three hours of waking up, it’s quite possible that a heart attack could take place in your bathroom. That’s why I want you to prepare your bathroom for that worst-case scenario.
Look for the Hidden Signs
First, to see if you are at increased risk of a heart attack, I want you to keep a make-up mirror or some form of compact mirror. This is something that most women should own and already have in their bathrooms. However, instead of using it to apply makeup, I want you to use it to check for some less obvious risk factors. Here’s how:
Research shows that you’ll have a 57% greater chance of having a heart attack if you have three out of four of the following:
- A crease in one of your earlobes
- Receding hairline at the temples
- A bald patch on at the crown of the head
- Or yellow fatty deposits around the eyes
If you notice this, see your primary care doctor and ask him or her about managing your risk of a heart attack. Don’t go to the ER—unless you think you’re actually having a heart attack.
To further decrease your risk of a heart attack, you should also keep vitamin D in your medicine cabinet. Many of us are vitamin D deficient, and new research on supplements and heart disease suggests promising results from taking vitamin D to prevent heart disease. Vitamin D can help regulate blood pressure, inflammation and blood sugar.
You need to take 1000 IUs of vitamin D every morning.
Know the Symptoms
If you think you’re having a heart attack. For women, symptoms are often easily ignored. These can include:
- Pressure, tightness and squeezing pain across the chest
- Pain radiating down one or both arms or shoulders
- Pain or soreness in the jaw, neck, or back
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, sweating or weakness
- Overwhelming fatigue – 70% of women felt fatigued in days or weeks prior to their heart attacks
- Feeling of impending doom
- Headache, blurry vision, lightheadedness or feeling faint
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as indigestion, nausea and vomiting – especially if the stomach isn’t soothed immediately by antacids or bismuth liquids
- Coughing and palpitations
Always keep a bottle of aspirin in your bathroom medicine cabinet. If you think you’re having a heart attack, take one 325mg tablet of adult aspirin. Chew it — don’t just swallow it. It allows for the aspirin to get into your blood stream faster and slow the heart attack down.
Keep Your Cellphone Handy
Finally, after the aspirin, you’ll need to get help and go to a hospital immediately. That’s why I want you to keep your cellphone with you in the bathroom. You can purchase a cheap cellphone mount and put it on your wall. The best place to put it is on the side of a bathroom cabinet or low on the wall near your toilet.
Stocking your bathroom with these items is cheap and easy. Isn’t your life worth the time and money?