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Understanding Women’s Heart Health

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According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is the number one killer of American women and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

So take charge of your heart health. The AHA’s “Go Red For Women” campaign outlines a basic three-part plan for making heart disease prevention a daily part of women’s lives. 

1. Know your risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Be sure to watch out for things such as obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, physical inactivity, smoking and high blood pressure.

2. Reduce your risk. 

Stay heart healthy with the following guidelines:

 3. Know the warning signs of heart attack.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if any occur:

  • Discomfort in the center of the chest, lasting more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, which usually accompanies the chest discomfort, although it can occur beforehand as well.
  • Other signs, including a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Source: American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.

Medical information within this site is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of any health condition. Please consult a licensed health care professional for the treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition.


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