Considering the fact that my primary background is in nursing, I feel it important and appropriate to encourage you to “Go Red” on February 3rd-and visit the link to “Go Red for Women” and watch the videos posted there. The Go Red campaign stresses that lifestyle choices and education could reduce the risk for heart disease and heart attacks in women, in fact-the American Heart Association statistics show that more women die from cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death-combined.
Smoking cessation, dietary adjustments, and exercise are all changes that are within your control, and can reduce your risk factors for heart disease.
Signs and symptoms of heart attacks include:
Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts longer than a few minutes. These symptoms may go away, and return.
Pain/discomfort in one or both arms, neck, jaw, or back, or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest pain.
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…Get to a hospital right away.
You may have one of these symptoms or all during a heart attack. Don’t try to drive yourself to the hospital or have a friend or family member transport you, call 911 for transport. Your chances of survival are greatly increased with early medical intervention and transport to your nearest emergency facility.
Learn more about the American Heart Association, heart healthy living, and signs and symptoms of a heart attack at http://www.goredforwomen.org/ and of course, GO RED! If anyone asks you why you have your beautiful red dress, red hat, or red handbag tomorrow, make sure to share this lifesaving information with them. I also strongly encourage you to sign up and take one of the CPR classes offered in your area~early response and early intervention does save lives!