Go Red for Women: Heart disease and stroke aren’t just a man’s disease.

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:


Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.


Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.


We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.


Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.


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!

For more information, please visit the Go Red for Women website or the Go Red for Women Facebook Page.

2 replies
  1. John Robert
    John Robert says:

    Hi, Thanks for your top-notch article. Actually, The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is angina or chest pain. Angina can be described as a discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing, or painful feeling in your chest. It can be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn.

  2. Stefan Bradley
    Stefan Bradley says:

    I didn’t know that fatigue and chest pressure were signs of cardiovascular disease. My aunt has been feeling a lot of pressure in her chest recently and needs medical help. Hopefully, she can find someone who can help her if she has cardiovascular disease.


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