Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women — more than breast cancer, stroke or car accidents combined. That is a staggering statistic. And it is the reason why during February’s American Heart Month, many of us will “Go Red For Women” so we can raise awareness, encourage action, and save lives that are lost too early.
The color red was symbolically chosen because it is the color of blood and represents vitality, strength and power. As a result, it is a powerful representation of healthy hearts. Let’s take some time and roll out the “red carpet” to ways we can keep the hearts of ours, and the women we love, healthy.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know: About Heart Health in Women — and how to put up the “red light” to stop premature deaths in ourselves, our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters and our girlfriends
What symptoms are seen in women?
Chest pain, pressure and discomfort are the most common symptoms of a heart attack in both men and women. However, in women, they may not always be as severe and may not raise “red flags.” Additionally, women are more likely to have “atypical” symptoms that may be completely unrelated to chest pain. They include:
• Pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulder, upper back, or abdomen
• Shortness of breath
• Nausea or vomiting
• Lightheadedness or dizziness
• Unusual fatigue
Many women seek treatment after significant heart damage has occurred. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately. It may save a life. Do not let them become a “red herring.”