Go Red For Women – Be Heart Healthy

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Today is National Wear Red Day. Did you know that 1 in 3 women die from heart disease and stroke each year?

Go Red For Women

Be sure to check out this Women’s Heart Disease Prevention Checklist. A few ways to prevent heart disease are to choose a healthy lifestyle, know your fats and work with your doctor. If you haven’t had a physical in over a year, I urge you to schedule one today.

Part of keeping our hearts healthy is knowing the signs of a heart attack. Do you know that women’s heart attack symptoms are different from men’s? It is very important to know these signs especially if you have risk factors for a heart attack.

Heart Attack Signs in Women from The American Heart Association

* Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
* Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
* Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
* Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
* As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Also important to know is that anyone can have a heart attack – young or old at any weight. Protect yourself by knowing as much as you can about heart disease.

What do you do to keep your heart healthy?



5 Responses to “Go Red For Women – Be Heart Healthy”

  1. Have my doctor keep a current EKG on me. As a senior adult with heart history in my family, that is important too. I make sure this gets done annually.