For Women's Heart Health!
Heart disease kills one woman every 80 seconds. It's one of the leading killers among women, especially senior women. February is American Heart Month and we're getting serious about women's heart health.
Know Your Risk
Just because you don't feel bad right now, doesn't mean you are not at risk for heart issues in the future. There are several risk factors like weight and age that you should discuss with your doctor. Looking at your families heart health history could also give you some clues to what may be in your future. Definitely schedule a well visit with your doctor.
Be Active In The Fight
Exercise and diet are two of the best ways you can be active in the fight against heart disease. No matter your age or ability there are exercises you can do to help keep you active. Join us at the Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Citizen's Center every Monday for exercise classes with Kelly Jarrett, PTA. You can even visit our YouTube Page to see simple exercises demonstrated by Kelly that you can do right in your home.
Know The Signs of Your Enemy
We regularly see the image of a man clutching his chest and breathing heavy associated with heart attacks, but the signs of heart attack for men and women are different. Women DO usually experience some pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest when experiencing a heart attack – but it is not always the severe, crushing chest pain we generally associate with heart attacks in men.
Women are also more likely than men to experience these symptoms during heart attack:
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Right arm pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
Speak Up When You Need Help
If you experience any of the symptoms above, make sure you let your family, caregivers or home health professionals know right away or call 9-1-1. Heart disease is not something to play around with. It's deadly and you have stay on top of it. So show your heart some love and get in the fight for your heart health!