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Women and Heart Health Awareness
Friday, February 7, is National Wear Red Day. It is observed the first Friday of every February—known as American Heart Month. There’s no better time to wear red, and raise awareness about heart disease in women. People of all ages and backgrounds can get heart disease.
A woman suffers a heart attack about every 90 seconds in the United States. If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you seek help quickly, treatment can save your life and prevent permanent damage to your heart muscle. Treatment works best if given within 1 hour of when symptoms begin.
Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 56 percent of women recognize that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. That’s why it’s important to know the signs and symptoms and how to lower your risk for heart disease.
Heart disease symptoms in women
While some women have no symptoms of heart disease, others get dull, heavy to sharp chest pain or discomfort, pain in the neck/jaw/throat, or pain in the upper abdomen or back. These symptoms may occur during rest or physical activity, or be triggered by mental stress.
Women are more likely to describe chest pain that is sharp and burning and more often have pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen, or back.
Sometimes heart disease may be silent and not diagnosed until a woman has signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, an arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), or stroke.
Know your risk for heart disease and heart attack
Take steps to learn more
Make healthy choices every day
You can lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack by taking simple steps every day.
Content source: CDC Office of Women’s Health