Go Red for A Healthy Heart

Posted on February 6th, 2013, by iMinerva

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Heart disease is the leading killer of women in America. 

Every 90 seconds a woman in the U.S.  has a heart attack. 

These are frightening statistics but critically important to be aware of.  Women are warriors!  We don’t get sick – we don’t have heart attacks or strokes.  Or, so we like to believe.  The truth is – we do and, too often, we ignore the preventive measures and/or the symptoms until it’s too late.

February is National Heart Month and medical and women’s organizations are working hard to educate women with programs like Go Red(r), The Heart Truth(r) and The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.  If you missed National Wear Red Day(r) on February 1st, you still have time to get heart-smart and heart-healthy.

On February 6 at 7pmET, Heart Truth is hosting a red dress fashion show featuring a runway of celebrities.  Go to Facebook.com/hearttruth to watch it live and keep up with events all month.

Start with Prevention

1) Maintain a healthy diet with fruits, veggies, high fiber and low fat, sodium and cholesterol.

2) Exercise at least 30 minutes every day.

3) Do NOT smoke.

4) Limit alcohol to one drink a day.

5) Check your blood pressure at the drug store and keep it under control.

6) See your doc regularly to check your cholesterol, manage diabetes and other health issues.

7) Take your medicine when it’s prescribed!

Know The Symptoms

Symptoms are often different for women than for men so here’s a few signs to watch for:

1) Heavy pressure on chest

2) Sharp pain in upper body – neck, back, jaw

3) Severe shortness of breath

4) Unexplained dizziness or lightheadedness

5) Nausea or vomiting

6) Extreme fatigue

7) Cold sweats

Months ago I wrote about the symptoms of a stroke – a sad lesson I learned too late after watching my mother suffer from a stroke on the 4th of July.  I hope you’ll look back at my story.

We’re too smart to be dumb about our health and our hearts!  Get with the program my Minervas.  February is just the start of a healthy and happy year and many more to come. 

 

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