Tell Your Dad About the Risks of a Heart Attack

Fathers can be stubborn, especially regarding their health. Thankfully though, they will listen to their daughters above all others.

Cameron Schaefer is the daughter of a dad who suffered a heart attack in October of 2016 and here are her thoughts regarding his heart attack.

What scared you the most when your dad had his heart attack?
The possibility that I would never get to experience life with my dad again, and the uncertainty of the future state of his health definitely scared me the most.

How did you encourage your dad to focus on his health after his heart attack?
To drink more water and eat more fruits, vegetables, and other foods containing wholesome, natural ingredients that he was not eating enough of prior to the heart attack.

Do you think you have more of an influence on your dad’s health because you’re his daughter?
I do believe that he would pay closer to attention to me as one of his children than another doctor if I were to express concern about his health. But this could be because my father is a doctor so he feels resistant to illness or health complications.

What tips do you have for other daughters to encourage their dad’s health?
To be persistent and present. The more a daughter demonstrates their love and interest in being apart of their father’s life, the better their father will take their encouragements into consideration.

Daughters get educated and tell your dad about the warning signs of a heart attack.

Chest discomfort
Most heart attacks begin with discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and then comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

Discomfort in areas of the upper body
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Shortness of breath
This can occur with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs
Cold sweats, nausea, or lightheadedness.

Armune BioScience thanks contributing writer Emily Garber for her insights on the importance of supporting men’s health.