Women and Hearth Disease

Cardiovascular disease is traditionally associated with men. However, its prevalence in women has increased in recent years. Heart disease now affects more women than men. It’s the leading
cause of death in women, and causes 1 in 3 deaths each year. Studies by the American Heart Association show that people are having heart attacks at younger ages.

Heart attack symptoms are often different than traditional chest pains. Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms include dizziness, feeling lightheaded, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, and extreme fatigue. Symptoms are easily mistaken for other conditions, so it’s important to know the warning signs.

February is Heart Health awareness month. The American Heart Association kicks off its Go Red for Women campaign on February 1, 2019. This initiative encourages women to make a
commitment to take care of their own heart health and support others to do the same. Encourage loved ones to take care of themselves so they can live their best lives.

Learn more and share the Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitments at www.goredforwomen.org.

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