Go Red For Women with Susan Lucci
February is Heart Health Month, but most importantly, the AHA (American Heart Association) Go Red for Women campaign. I recently attended an evening hosted by my friend, Rose Caiola. Rose is on the executive leadership team for the Go Red For Women Campaign for the American Heart Association. The guest speaker was Susan Lucci, an incredibly well informed woman and well known actress. Susan became an ambassador for the Go Red for Women campaign after she recently suffered a cardiac event. I am happy to report she is doing fine! Now, her focus is on getting the word out on preventing heart disease and getting screened for it.
Go Red For Women’s mission is to raise awareness on the issue of women and heart disease. It’s a call to action, encouraging women to get proper screening & testing in order to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke.
Did you know:
*Heart disease is the number one killer for women and men.
*About 1 in 3 women die each year from cardiovascular disease.
*Every 80 seconds a woman will die of heart disease or stroke.
* Most cardiac events can be prevented.
The tell-tale sign of a heart attack is chest pain or feeling like an elephant is lying on your chest. While this is still the most common sign, women often present differently from men. They may have signs weeks or days before an actual heart attack. Females often experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and jaw, rib or back pain. Other symptoms include dizziness, feeling lightheaded or fainting, and extreme fatigue.
Why go red for women? Women present differently than men when having a cardiac event. They tend not to have typical symptoms. While men tend to be diagnosed with heart disease earlier on, both still have the same risk factors. Because women tend to live longer and have less cardiac events than men, they have inadvertently been biased against when coming to a proper diagnosis of heart disease.
More studies are being done to prevent this bias and get women the help they need in treating and preventing heart disease. Don’t ignore your symptoms and always ask your doctor. A screening doesn’t take very long and it can be the best preventive “medicine” you ever take.
Since the AHA has started this campaign there has been much more awareness, along with resources and tools given to women. More studies are being done to prevent this bias and get women the help they need in treating and preventing heart disease.