Heart attacks occur most often on Monday mornings, but research shows a 25 percent jump in the number of heart attacks occurring the Monday after we spring forward for daylight saving time, compared to other Mondays during the year.
Once hunting season arrives, every hunter should look out for his or her buddies. Although big meals, staying up late, and lots of smoking and drinking might be a tradition for many hunters in the woods, they can really drag a person down the next day.
Instead, treat the night before a hunt as if you were an athlete with a big game the next day.
Out in the woods, pay attention to any problems your hunting companions have. If you’re with someone and they start getting short of breath, looking pale, or feeling faint or nauseous – of if they feel sudden pain or lose feeling in any part of their body, get help immediately.
Even if the sensation goes away within a few minutes, don’t ignore it – it can be a warning sign that something even worse is about to happen. Call 911 from your cell phone if you can get reception, or radio to someone who can. Every minute you hesitate could mean your buddy’s life.
Hunting small game like rabbit and quail and bringing in larger hauls of turkey and deer are important memories and adventures for contractor Cleo Seay, 62, of Flint, Mich.
The desire to be in nature and enjoy the primal rush of the hunt didn’t change after a heart attack in 2006.
“Hunting season is the one time of year I get to see some of my friends,” says Seay. “We’ll eat, lie, hunt, fish. To be honest if we really wanted to kill a deer, we wouldn’t go in such a big group. Hunting deer is a quiet thing.”
Rather than a tent, he spends nights under the stars in his cork-floored Airstream, but it feels just as good to get away from it all with a dozen close friends on private land in Benton Harbor, Mich. Before loading up his gear we asked Cleo to talk about his journey with heart disease. Continue reading →
If you’re experiencing chest pain, or pressure in the chest (common signs of a heart attack), but don’t know whether you should call 911, University of Michigan Nurse Practitioner Cheryl Bord advises you ask yourself these questions:
Is the pain related to a physical activity or emotional/mental stress?
Does the pain/pressure radiate to the left side, upper back, neck, jaw or left shoulder?
Are you also experiencing sweating, nausea and/or lightheadedness?
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