Today’s Wear Red Day, but it’s not a fashion statement. It’s a life statement: to build awareness of women’s heart disease.
Today women are at greater risk of fatal heart attack than men.
Each year more women die of cardiovascular disease than cancer, tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria combined. While mortality rates for men have gone down, the danger for women has risen. Around the world 16 women die of cardiovascular illness every minute.
Recognizing the early symptoms of a heart attack is essential in saving lives. Women rush their husband or male family members to the hospital, but tend to be more dismissive of the same warning signs in themselves.
Sweats, heart palpitations, shortness of breath–Could be more than menopause.
The “Hollywood Heart Attack” in which someone clutches their chest in pain is not the standard for everyone. Chest pain is the most common symptom, but almost half of all women who experience a heart attack do not have chest pain. Atypical symptoms include:
- back, neck or jaw pain
- nausea or vomiting
- weakness, fatigue
- dizziness, lightheadedness
Symptoms that can occur months prior to a heart attack include:
- sleep disturbance
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- shoulder blade or upper back pain
Recognize the symptoms: Women tend to end up at the emergency room 15 to 20 minutes later than men, and those minutes can mean a life.