By Angela Bekiaris
February 1 marks National Wear Red Day for women’s heart health. On the first day of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, Americans come together in red for one common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke. So why not put on your favourite red top or dress too and support the brilliant cause?
The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives, so it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, there’s good enough reason to support and participate. But first… educate yourself.
Warning Signs & Risk Factors
We share some signs of heart disease in women that you should all know and look out for. It’s important that we understand the symptoms and risk factors.
The most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest, but that might not always be the case.
Here are some other signs to look out for, courtesy of mayoclinic.org:
• Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
• Shortness of breath
• Pain in one or both arms
• Nausea or vomiting
• Lightheadedness or dizziness
• Unusual fatigue
Risk factors to look out for include:
• Mental stress and depression
• Broken heart syndrome
• Certain chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy for cancer
• Pregnancy complications
Did You Know?
Women’s symptoms may occur more often when women are resting, or even when they’re asleep. Mental stress also may trigger heart attack symptoms in women.