Friday, February 6 is the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day®. The movement’s purpose is to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women.
Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and one in three deaths in women is caused by heart disease or stroke? At Johnston Health, we’re big fans of Go Red For Women because it gives us a chance to bring attention to this critical issue and educate women in our community on what they can do to prevent heart disease and stroke.
A largely preventable disease
Understanding your risk factors and making healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way in preventing heart disease. Here are some changes you can make to reduce your risk:
• Quit smoking
• Manage your blood sugar
• Get your blood pressure under control
• Lower your cholesterol
• Know your family history
• Stay active and exercise
• Lose weight
• Eat a healthy diet
Recognize the symptoms
The symptoms of heart disease and heart attack can be different in women than in men, and women are more likely than men to have a heart attack without experiencing chest pain.
According to the American Heart Association, the following are common symptoms of heart attack in women:
• Chest pain or pressure
• Pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
• Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
• Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or lightheadedness
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don’t wait. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital immediately.
Johnston Health’s Smithfield and Clayton facilities have received Chest Pain Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Learn more.
Health Chat on Advances in Cardiology
If you want to gain deeper insight into the latest advances in the treatment of heart disease and stroke, please join us on February 11 for a Health Chat with Johnston Health’s Dr. Benjamin Atkeson, MD, FACC. He will give his presentation in Smithfield at 11 a.m. and in Clayton at 6 p.m. Register for the free event here.