By Cindy Aldrige, F.N.P., Provider for Lee’s Summit Physicians Group
Did you know women often have different signs and symptoms of a heart attack than men do? Did you know fatigue, chest pressure, shortness of breath when walking short distances, and inability to tolerate activity can all be signs of cardiovascular disease? Women often don’t have the crushing chest pain that men can have.
Go Red for Women is a cause that raises awareness of women’s heart problems. Organizations like American Heart Association support this worthy cause!
The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. It’s no longer just about wearing red; it’s no longer just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about all women making a commitment to stand together with Go Red and taking charge of their own heart health as well as the health of those they can’t bear to live without.
According to the American Heart Association website, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. So we encourage you to join movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease.
Here’s what it means to Go Red:
G: GET YOUR NUMBERS
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE
Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK
We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
D: DON’T BE SILENT
Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
We would be happy to evaluate you and discuss your risk factors here at Lee’s Summit Physicans Group. We see patients ranging in age from 0 to 150 years old. Come have a conversation or see your preferred provider to get smart about women’s heart risks!