By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
February is National heart month.
February is National heart month. It's a campaign to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke. The goal of the month is about getting the word out and educating people about the number one killer of women.
"A lot of this is education that as women we make excuses sometimes and our symptoms are also very different," says Barb Flynn with the Mercy Red Dress Ambassadors program. "Instead of the typical symptoms, you are going to have the chest pressure and your left arm is going to hurt. It could be very different. It could be pain in your neck or a little pain in your back. They are totally different kind of signs"
So what are the symptoms?
According to the American Heart Association, you may feel pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. You may experience pain or discomfort in one or both of your arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach. Shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness can also be symptoms of a heart attack in women.
If you feel any of those symptoms, call 911.
"You really need to call right away and get in right away," says Flynn. "You can't ignore that kind of sign and they say taking an aspirin right away might help if there is something going on to do that right away."
To reduce your risk of heart disease, eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, exercise, lose weight, and lower your stress level.
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