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February is Heart Health Month

Monday, January 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
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February 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, lightheadedness or fainting , upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.”

Heart Attack Signs in Women

  1. 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.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. 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!! For more information: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ 

by Doreleena Sammons-Posey, SM, DHPE Training and Marketing Director


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