Raising Awareness about Stroke and Heart Disease

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National Wear Red Day is sponsored by Go Red for Women, which raises awareness of heart disease and stroke and funds for research.

Remember way back in high school when we all tried to coordinate our outfits? Well, we’re doing it again. Only this time, it’s for a very important cause.

We’re joining the movement to wear red on Friday, February 5th for National Wear Red Day  to raise awareness about heart disease and strokes. We hope this launches some very important conversations.

Here are some facts all women should know:

  • Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year.
  • 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

To protect their health, women should get a prevention check-up that includes measuring blood pressure, checking cholesterol and a look for signs of heart disease, stroke or other illnesses. This appointment can be coordinated with a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.

Signs of Stroke in Women

Did you know that hiccups along with chest pains are an early indicator of a stroke in women?

Other things to pay attention to include the sudden onset of:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty in understanding
  • Blurred vision or troubles with seeing
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and difficulties with walking
  • A severe headache with no known cause

Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

We know our bodies are different from the guys, so it should be no surprise that our heart attacks may feel different too. Signs to watch out for include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort like a squeezing or fullness. It may feel like a vise being tightened.
  • An abrupt change in how you feel.
  • Stomach pain. It could feel like heartburn, the flu, a stomach ulcer or like something extremely heavy sitting on your stomach
  • Shortness of breath, nausea, or light-headedness for no apparent reason
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Unusual extreme fatigue
  • Jaw or throat pain
  • Pain in the arm, especially in the left arm

About one-third of women report no chest pains during a heart attack and 71 percent said they had flu-like symptoms up to two weeks prior to having severe chest pain or shortness of breath, according to a study published in the Journal of American Medicine.

If you or someone you know experiences any of the symptoms of a stroke or heart attack,  don’t wait – call 9-1-1. Make sure to check the time of the first symptoms to let responding emergency personnel when they occurred.

 

 

 

 

One comment

  1. Great list of signs to watch out for. Spotting a stroke is the first step to saving a life. If it goes unnoticed, you could end up with permanent damage.

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