Saint Thomas River Park officials didn’t paint the hospital red, but it sure had a red glow Friday night in observance of Go Red for Women.
The American Heart Association promotion aims to bring awareness to heart-related problems for women.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute, according to the American Heart Association.
But the warning signs for women aren’t the same as men. What’s more, there are a several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason.
Symptoms of a heart attack:
• Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and returns.
• Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
• Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
• Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you experience any of these signs or symptoms:
• Do not wait to call for help. Dial 911, make sure to follow the operator’s instructions and get to a hospital right away.
• Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice.
• Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for emergency responders.
Know the facts and be sure to
• Get your numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
• Own your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
• Raise your voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
• Educate your family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your children the importance of staying active.
• Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.
To learn more about the national movement, visit www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/