February is Heart Health Month
Monday, January 28, 2013
is the 10th Anniversary for the American Heart Association's "Go Red
for Women” campaign! We congratulate them on this campaign to bring attention
to heart disease, especially the warning signs in women.
Conventional wisdom tells us that
"Most heart attacks involve
discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or
that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure,
squeezing, fullness or pain. Although men and women can experience chest
pressure that feels like an elephant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack
without chest pressure, ” said Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the
Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU's Langone Medical Center and an
American Heart Association volunteer. "Instead they may experience shortness of
breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness,
back pressure or extreme fatigue.”
Signs in Women
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.
- 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.
- 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 and get to a hospital right away.
February 1st is
National Wear Red Day (Go Red ™ AHA; National Wear Red Day®). So why don't you
join us at DHPE and WEAR RED!!
by Doreleena Sammons-Posey, SM, DHPE Training and Marketing Director