February is not only a time to celebrate the month of LOVE. It’s a time to focus on heart health for women!
Community groups, businesses and individuals throughout the Jersey Shore are going red to focus attention on the heart health of women.
Here’s a little bit of history for you– President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964.
The reality is– according to the American Heart Association– Heart disease and stroke are the world’s two leading killers. The AHA says more than one in three U.S. women live with some form of cardiovascular disease. But studies show 80-percent of cardiac events and strokes are preventable.
Women are encouraged to know their cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index to help control their cardiovascular risk.
According to the American Heart Association– EVERY WOMAN should know the signs of a heart attack:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- 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, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
We at ShoreTV New Jersey encourage you this February to learn more about heart health at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/