February isn’t just about candy hearts and sweethearts, you know. For the past 57 years, since President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first proclamation declaring February American Heart Month in 1964, the American Heart Association has been working to raise awareness and support around heart disease.
And here at Cardio Partners, we’re happy to join the cause. To show our support this year, we’re going to shed some light on how heart disease affects women.
Did you know that only 56% of women know that heart disease is their #1 killer?
Even though heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States, women often fail to identify their symptoms as warning signs of a heart attack (American Heart Association).
Heart disease in women, by the numbers:
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 299,578 women in 2017—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Black and white women in the United States.
- About 1 in 16 women age 20 and older (6.2%) have coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease.
- Nearly 80% of cardiac events are preventable.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association.
Did you know that women often experience symptoms of a heart attack differently from men?
It’s true! Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, which is why so many women don’t seek treatment for heart disease in time. Symptoms of heart disease or heart attack symptoms in women may include:
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort or pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in one or both arms
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mayo Clinic.
Join the Go Red for Women Movement
National Wear Red Day and Go Red for Women is coming up on February 5, 2021! How are you celebrating?
Here are a few ideas. We hope you’ll join us!
Social Media Resources
Follow your heart and embrace a hashtag.
Join the Sisterhood
Going red is more than a hashtag. Join the movement. Be empowered and get inspired. Find out how you can help end cardiovascular disease. When you join the Go Red for Women movement, you’ll:
- Learn about heart disease and stroke
- Gain access to the latest healthy living tips
- Reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall well-being,
- Participate in research and advocacy initiatives
- Share your story with others, get involved in your local community, and much more!
Donate to Go Red For Women
Let’s put an end to cardiovascular disease. Make an online donation to the American Heart Association.
Get AED and CPR Smart
Become CPR and AED certified! You may save the life of a woman you love. Learn more about what you can do to fight SCA and heart disease. Or, purchase an AED for your home.
Let us know how you’re celebrating #GoRedForWomen and #HeartMonth; we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails, and you can reach us at email@example.com.
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