Could you have heart disease
Every minute a woman dies from heart disease. Forty-three million women are living with heart disease. Are you one of them? Do you even know the answer to that?
Here are some statistics for you:
- 1 in 3 deaths of women in the US is caused by heart disease
- Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined
- Heart disease affects more women than men
Do those numbers scare you? I know they scare me.
What is heart disease
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, is
Heart disease also includes heart failure, irregular heartbeat, and heart valve problems.
What you need to know about heart attacks & women
You know what the symptoms of a heart attack are, right?
Extreme chest pain and a shooting pain in the left arm. You know that if you have any of these symptoms, you should immediately seek medical help.
Those are the symptoms for men, but they are not always the symptoms experienced by women.
While women can feel the extreme chest pressure, many do not. Women should look for the following signs:
- shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen
- light-headedness or fainting
- upper back pressure
- extreme fatigue
- pain or discomfort in one or both arms, neck, or jaw
- breaking out in a cold sweat
- nausea or vomiting
In fact, many women often believe they are dealing with the flu. For more information about heart attack symptoms in women, visit the American Heart Association.
It is important to remember that if you believe you are experiencing a heart attack to be insistent with your healthcare professional.
Unfortunately, research and literature for the past few decades has focused on heart attacks in men. And not all professionals are aware that symptoms can differ between the genders. More women than necessary are sent home with anti-anxiety medication when they were actually experiencing a heart attack.
Join the Go Red For Women movement
According to the Go Red For Women website, the movement was created
Since Go Red for Women was created in 2004, the Go Red Heart CheckUp has engaged more than 2 million women to learn their risk of heart disease .
What does it mean to go red?
- Schedule an appointment with your physician to check your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Improve your lifestyle by losing excess weight, exercising, and eating healthy
- Know that one in three women die from heart disease
- Help your family make healthy, educated decisions around food and exercise
- Inform others by participating in events like Go Red For Women