Go Red For Women

       It never crossed my mind that at the age of 33 years old I would have a heart attack. That was for older people right? Not a healthy, robust woman that never had a serious condition in her life. I had my checkups regularly. Not even a blimp on the horizon something was wrong. Then one morning I had annoying pain on the my right side of my chest. I start throwing up and couldn't stop. Next I got HOT. I mean REALLY hot. It was crazy. I had no clue what was wrong with me.  Hop on over to the emergency room, because the pain in my chest was annoying me like crazy. Next thing you know I am hooked up to an EKG, then chaos started. I was floored! How could I be having a massive heart attack? A "widow maker" at that. All sort of things went through my head. I was scared, upset, and out of my mind.

 Please know the signs and remember your never too young for a heart attack.

      I support the Go Red For Women campaign 100%. I donate time and money as much as possible. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, friends, and together we can raise awareness and save lives. Know the symptoms, talk to your doctor, and always be aware. You can save your own life or someone else's!


    Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in women? It is more deadly than ALL cancers! It causes 1 in 3 deaths in women every year. If you do the number that means about one woman every minute is a victim!  Did you know the symptoms of heart attacks are different in women than men? It's true!  90% of woman are at risk for developing heart disease! While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease claims the lives of one in three.  Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Because these symptoms vary greatly between men and women, they’re often misunderstood. Media has conditioned us to believe that the telltale sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.   It is something we all, as women, need to work and raise awareness about. 

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Heart Attack Signs in Women
  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

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