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National Wear Red Day – I Hope This Post Scares the Hell Out of You

National Wear Red Day – I Hope This Post Scares the Hell Out of You

Friday, February 3, 2017 is National Wear Red Day.  

Many people wear red clothing or accessories on that day to show their support and raise awareness of heart disease. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of deaths worldwide. Even though heart disease usually affects older adults the causes of heart disease start a lot earlier in life.

Did you know?

(1) The cause of death for one in every three women in the United States is heart disease or stroke.

(2) A woman dies every 80 seconds from heart disease or stroke.

(3) 64% of women who die showed no previous symptoms.

(4) 42% of women die within a year after their first heart attack (compared to 24% of men). Under the age of 50, a woman’s heart attack is twice as likely as a man’s to be fatal.

(5) Women often have different symptoms of a heart attack than men.

(6) In 2010 the direct medical costs of cardiovascular disease in the United States was $444 billion… that is $444,000,000,000)!

Here is one that should really hit home:

80% of cardiac events could be prevented lifestyle choices and education.

Educate yourself!

Common heart attack signs and symptoms include:

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

For more information about women’s heart attack symptoms, visit this site:

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/womens-heart-attack-symptoms

For more facts about women’s heart disease, visit this site:

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/womens-heart-attack-symptoms

 

Take Action!

Lose weight, eat healthier, increase exercise, avoidance of smoking tobacco, have checkups and blood work done on a regular basis.

The American Heart Association says the five numbers that all women should know to take control of their heart health are:

  1. Total cholesterol
  2. HDL (good) cholesterol
  3. Blood pressure
  4. Blood sugar
  5. Body mass index (BMI)

 

 

 

Kathryn

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