Heart Month 2017

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.

heart health month 2017February is American Heart Month

This year, the American Heart Association is focusing on heart disease in women. The campaign is called “Go Red for Women”. Their goal is to provide life-saving information to women at every point in their lives. They’re also increasing medical research that is sex-based, because heart disease is different for men and women. For instance, chest pain is less common in women with heart disease, but women can also experience pain in the jaw as a symptom.

Heart Disease is the Top Cause of Death in Women

Heart disease causes 1/3rd of women’s deaths each year. There are a number of causes for heart disease in women, all of which you can learn about on the Go Red for Women website.

What are the Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

You can control some of your risk factors. If you can’t control a factor, make sure your doctor or cardiologist knows about your risk factors so you can make sure to balance your life around your risk factors.

Risk Factors you can control:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Cholesterol
  • Activity / Exercise
  • Weight
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Risk Factors you can’t control:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Family History of Heart Disease (congenital)
  • Race

“Know your numbers” here

How to Spot Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke

Most people think a heart attack is when people clutch their chest and start gasping for air – but there are a few more ways you can identify a heart attack:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Back pain
  • Nausea
  • Jaw Pain / Clenching

If things feel off, better safe than sorry – call a doctor. Some symptoms of a stroke may feel like heart attack symptoms as well, notably:

  • Numbness, weakness of peripherals.
  • Sudden confusion
  • Blurry vision
  • Incoordination
  • Severe and sudden headache

Talk to your cardiologist about getting checked up, and if you experience any of these symptoms, contact The Bethencourt Group for more information.