In anticipation of American Heart Month in February, Colonial Center for Hearing in Williamsburg is advising people that there's a connection between heart health and hearing health.
"The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system -- a person's heart, arteries and veins -- has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss," the center advises.
Cardiovascular disease continues to be the #1 cause of death in the United States. There are ways to protect your heart health:
- do not smoke
- maintain a healthy weight
- be more physically active
- eat aheart-healthy diet
Some of the warning signs of heart disease for both men and women are:
- Chest discomfort. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain; it can be mild or severe, and it may come and go.
- The discomfort can manifest in other areas of the upper body -- the arms, neck, back, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath.
- Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
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