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Go Red for Women – February 7th Wear Red

Author: Giuseppina Kenyon-Savard, DO

Chances are we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke because cardiovascular disease claims the lives of 1 in 3 women – that’s about one woman every 80 seconds. Together we can change this because there is nothing women united with purpose cannot achieve.

If we can turn the world red, we can change the future. Choose the iconic Red Dress pin, pants, hat, tie, scarf, or even socks. Style yourself red or join together with friends and colleagues to make a bold statement for a great cause. To get your iconic Red Dress pin or other Go Red gear, visit ShopHeart.org today! Help raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women and encourage everyone to wear red.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack and Stroke in Women

If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.

  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

  3. Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes

  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause

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