The month of February is American Heart Month and Friday is National Wear Red Day. Heart Disease is the number one killer of American women. It kills one of every three American women. Everyone is encouraged to wear red on Friday to encourage women to take care of their hearts.
Cardiovascular disease is mostly preventable, so understanding these serious health threats can make a lifesaving difference. Much research needs to be done on heart disease in women, but there is valuable information available to you now. It's also available for men and children. Educate yourself and your family. Know your numbers - blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Learn the warning signs for a heart attack: uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes; pain spreading to the shoulders, neck, and arms; chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath. Seek medical help immediately.