What are you wearing this Friday, February 5th? We hope it is red, in honor of National Wear Red Day! Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. National Wear Red Day is celebrated every February to raise heart disease awareness and inspire women to take charge of their heart health.
Understanding your risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can help decrease your chances of developing heart disease. The symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks differ in every individual. Women have a higher risk for deadly heart events because they may experience different symptoms. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy, staying active, and being aware of your family history are keys to maintaining heart health.
Be sure the wear red on Friday, February 5th to raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in women.
Did you know?
- Women are more likely to die of a heart attack than men (AHA).
- African-American, Native American, and Hispanic women are all at greater risk for heart disease than Caucasian women are (AHA).
- 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease (AHA).
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or pain in the center of your chest that continues for more than a few minutes or goes away then comes back
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, or jaw
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, cold sweat, or lightheadedness
- The most common heart attack symptom in women is chest discomfort, but women are more likely to experience other symptoms such as jaw/back pain, shortness of breath, and nausea.
Read more causes and symptoms from the American Heart Association.
Sources: American Heart Association, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.