Fast heart rate or irregular heart rhythm and shortness of breath during physical activities
Exercise increases heart rate, but the rate usually returns
to normal within minutes after the exercise stops. Anyone who has a fast heart
rate or irregular rhythm with shortness of breath for an extended period of
time after physical activity may have a heart problem. Anyone who has
palpitations, an irregular heart rhythm,
lightheadedness, or fainting when he or she is
physically active needs to be evaluated before activities are continued.
If you have
heart disease or
heart failure, or if you have had a
heart attack, be sure you understand the seriousness
of a change in your heart rate or rhythm.
Which one of the following statements is true?
Each year, heart disease claims the lives of
more women then breast
cancer and lung cancer combined.
A greater percentage of women die within one year of a heart attack than men.
The death rate of African-American women due to cardiovascular disease is
greater than white women.
Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.
The answer: All of them. And experts say they represent only the tip of the
iceberg when it comes to the facts...