Go Red for Women by supporting with Garden City Hospital today, February 7th, 2020. Wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
Support women who are fighting heart disease by encouraging women to recognize the risk and symptoms of heart disease. Heart disease can also be common in men, but the warning signs for women are not the same. Many women do not know precisely what heart disease is or what it looks like.
- Recognize your symptoms – According to the American Heart Association, women are more likely to suffer from:
- Back pain
- Jaw Pain
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of breath
Encourage loved ones to seek medical attention immediately if they feel something is not right. Help make a difference. by talking to loved ones about why women need to tell the doctor all their symptoms and family history. Encourage women not to let doctors dismiss them when they know something is wrong.
- Risk factors
- Age – Women of all ages can get heart disease. For someone young and healthy, family history is an essential factor. Encourage women to check their family history.
- Misreading – According to the CDC, roughly 64 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease report no previous symptoms. Symptoms are being misread and brushed off. Do not be fooled by symptoms; get a check-up today.
- Heart Disease kills more women than all cancers combined.
- Having no symptoms does not guarantee safety; you may still be at risk!
Heart disease is preventable 80 percent of the time, often need lifestyle changes. Lifestyle change can be anything from eating healthily, exercise regularly, or ditching the cigarettes. Talk to a doctor! Women need to talk to their doctors about any concerns they may have. Symptoms are hard to recognize-especially in women.
Want to learn more? Watch GCH YouTube channel on Women’s Heart Health with our two specialists in women’s heart health, Dr. Sonela Blaceri, and Dr. Nishtha Sareen. Also, visit the American Heart Association to learn more about heart disease in women and how to support!