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Go RED Friday
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This Friday marks the 10th year of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement – 10 years of fighting to save women’s lives from heart disease.
In honor of Go Red for Women Day, local residents, both male and female, are encouraged to wear red on Friday. This is done to raise awareness of the problems women have with heart disease. It’s not just men who die from heart attacks.
While progress has been significant, there’s still a long way to go.
Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
Heart disease kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute.
Heart disease kills more women than all types of cancer combined.
River Park Hospital, in partnership with Saint Thomas Heart and the American Heart Association, will be spearheading efforts to raise awareness about heart disease in February and throughout 2013.
While wearing red, community members are invited to send photos of themselves, family, friends and co-workers wearing red to sthslife@stthomas.org, or to the River Park Hospital Facebook page.
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense like the “movie heart attack,” when no one doubts what is happening. However, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often, people aren’t sure what’s wrong and they wait too long before getting help. There are a variety of signs of a heart attack.
Chest discomfort – most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, jaw, or stomach.
Other discomfort – shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort, or nausea, lightheadedness, and breaking out into a cold sweat.
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 other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea/ vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Everyone is encouraged to know the signs, but even if there’s doubt that it’s a heart attack, it’s better to get it checked out. Minutes matter and fast action can save lives. When a heart attack is suspected, even five minutes can make a difference – don’t wait to call 911.
To learn more about heart health, visit www.Heart.org or www.RiverParkHospital.com. Plans are already in the works for River Park’s annual Heart Healthy Fair to take place in February with some special education opportunities, screenings and giveaways.