February 7 is Go Red for Women Day sponsored by the American Heart Association. Each one of us either knows someone personally perhaps in our family or aware of someone that has suffered from a heart attack. Heart disease is the number one killer of women bypassing all forms of cancers. Heart attacks are caused by a silent partner, atherosclerosis - a hardening of the arteries. Most women are not aware they have a build-up in their arteries until it is too late.
Some of the signs of a heart attack are:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- There may be discomfort in your upper extremities and/or abdominal region
- Shortness of breath
- There may also be some nausea, dizziness, and sweating
What happens during a heart attack? There is a lack of blood flow to the heart because the arteries are so narrow from a build-up of gook – plaque, fat and cholesterol. Blood flow is important as it carries oxygen; therefore, if the heart lacks oxygen, then the heart muscle struggles to the point of almost or completely stopping.
To prevent a heart attack first see your doctor; get regular checkups. Follow doctor’s orders. While you are waiting to see your doctor, or to get one, follow a healthy diet. Consume fruits and vegetables; stay away from greasy, salty foods, junk food and exercise. If you have a history of heart disease in your family, it is imperative to consult with your healthcare professional. It is never too late to take on a healthy lifestyle but the sooner the better.
February 7th wear your RED!
Dedicated to Mrs. Jimmie D. Denard Howard