People across the country broke out their red to bring awareness to women’s heart health.
February is American Heart Month and UHS participated in the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.
The campaign began with “Wear Red Day” to emphasize the importance of recognizing women’s unique heart attack symptoms.
They can include chest pain, cold sweats, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath along with unusual discomfort in the arms, back shoulder, neck or jaw.
Regional Director for the Heart Association Gina Chapman says women shouldn’t downplay the signs of a heart attack. “If you hear us complaining about anything from the waist up ask us if you think it might be a heart attack. Because we might not be thinking about it. We might be thinking, I’m overworked I had a hard time getting the kids or my husband out the door this morning, I might be coming down with the flu. Ask us, do you think it might be a heart attack, should we go seek medical attention or call 911.”
An estimated 44 million in the U.S are affected by cardiovascular diseases and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.