Did you know….. Women are less likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease because we experience atypical signs and symptoms associated with a heart attack and stroke. Yep, we ignore our fatigue or perhaps our provider doesn’t screen properly. Check out what “Heart Sisters” has to say here. click here Did you know there are things we can do to lower our risk for cardiovascular incidents? Research says more than half of cardiac events can be prevented… MORE THAN HALF… The American Heart Association understood the urgency and importance of bringing the topic of women and heart disease to the forefront.
Let’s look at some sobering stats.
Approximately 1 in every 4 deaths among women is caused by heart disease. Heart Disease is OUR Number 1 Killer. Nope it’s not breast cancer
64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have NO previous symptoms. Yikes Scary!
Don’t believe me? ..just watch click here
Sooo, what should we do? First … Bless our Hearts.. by eating a healthy diet, living an active lifestyle, don’t smoke and manage stress. Secondly know your numbers…Know your risk factors (Blood pressure, BMI, Cholesterol and blood sugars). High blood pressure is known as the silent killer for a reason. click here
Prevent.. Prevent.. Prevent an Event (cardiovascular event that is)
Click here to learn more about risk factors and prevention. Ask your provider to check your numbers at least annually (more often depending on medical history).
February 1st is/was/will continue to be Go Red for Women. Go Red for Women is a national movement created by American Heart Association to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease is not just a man’s disease. So, although we missed the opportunity to Go Red this year, the topic of heart health among women is too important not to continue the conversation beyond February 1st.
I challenge you to Bless Your Heart (yes, I’m a Southern Bell) during this month of Love (Ya know Valentines). Drop a picture(s) and show me/us how you have Bless Your Heart throughout this month of February.
Natalie Whitfield FNP-BC
· Please do your research. Talk to your provider. Information in this blog is for information only and is not intended to be use as a diagnostic tool.