February is Heart Month
Sunday, February 06, 2011
February is Heart Month. Wear red or buy the "red dress pin" to honor those lost or who live with heart disease. The Women's Heart Foundation reports that 8 million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease. Almost two-thirds of heart attack deaths occur in women with no prior history of chest pain. Approx. 50% of those deaths occur within 1-hour of the attack.
As women, we know we are very different from men. The majority of us are stronger when it comes to aches and pains, plodding through our work routine when we're sick. With men, a sneeze drops them to the floor and a hangnail will send then to the emergency room.
Women react to heart attack symptoms differently, too. We tend to blow them off as a reaction to a stressful day, overworked our muscles gardening, bad night's sleep, etc. In a medical study, when asked to describe their symptoms, less women than men recorded chest pain as a symptom. Women experience nausea, dizziness, pain in the back, pressure in their arms, trouble breathing for no reason, and anxiety as symptoms that indicate a heart attack. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in women and the most preventable.