Number 1 Killer of Women: Know the Signs

I attended an eye opening presentation today presented by the Go Red For Women campaign. I have always dismissed heart disease as something that happens to other women. For some reason I felt somewhat immune to the disease because of good genes and a healthy lifestyle, but there is so much more to it than that.

I had read of course that heart disease is the number one killer of women, but did you know that 1 in 3 women will have heart disease. Heart disease kills more women than the next three diseases put together, far more than cancer. That is shocking!

This short video on the Go Red website gives a humorous, but all to realistic vision of what can happen to a seemingly healthy young woman…

From the Heart Association website:

Signs of a Heart Attack:

  1. 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.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. 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…Get to a hospital right away.

I also found out that the American Heart Association has teamed up with Join Forces to offer guidance and support to military wives and female veterans … Read more about this program

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