Go Red For Women

January 31, 2017


February is National Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. So, why go red exactly?

On Friday, February 3rd you are invited to join Haywood Regional in raising the awareness of heart disease in women because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events could be prevented through education.

It’s often harder to recognize the symptoms of heart disease in women than in men. For example, chest pain is often associated with men, but it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience other symptoms such as back or jaw pain.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with these symptoms often associated with women:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that 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.

Although some risk factors you cannot control, such as age, gender, heredity or race, there are many that you can manage to get your heart in better pumping action. Talk with your health care provider today to take control and treat the following heart risks:

  • High blood pressure

  • Smoking

  • High blood cholesterol

  • Lack of regular activity

  • Obesity or overweight

  • Diabetes

Learn more about women’s heart health by visiting https://www.goredforwomen.org/