Friday is the 10th anniversary of the Go Red for Women, a campaign by the American Heart Association that raises awareness of heart disease in women. February 1st is also National Wear Red Day to show support for the campaign.

GoRedforWomen.org reports that since 2003, they have accomplished:

  • 21 percent fewer women dying from heart disease
  • 23 percent more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat
  • Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications, and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
  • Legislation to help end gender disparities

Go Red for Women: Wear Red Day on Friday

Please take a few minutes to learn the warning signs for a heart attack, heart failure and strokes below, plus the causes of heart diseases and ways it can be prevented.

Heart attack warning signs

Chest Discomfort

According to the American Heart Association, most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It can also go away and come back. The discomfort can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body

Watch out for pain or discomfort in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of Breath

If you are short of breath with or without chest discomfort, this could be a sign of a heart attack.

Other Signs

Breaking out in a cold sweat, or experiencing nausea or lightheadedness can also be a sign of a heart attack.

Stroke warning signs

The American Heart Association publishes the F.A.S.T. way to spot a stroke:

Face Drooping

If one side of the face is drooping or numb, this could be a stroke warning sign. Smiling will make the symptom more apparent. Ask the person to smile.

Arm Weakness

If one arm is week or numb, this could be a sign of a stroke. If you ask the person to raise both arms and one arm drifts downward, it could be a stroke.

Speech Difficulty

Slurred speech, or the inability to speak are signs of a stroke. The website instructs: “Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like ‘the sky is blue.’ Is the sentence repeated correctly?”

Time to Call 9-1-1

If someone shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Even if the symptoms go away, you should call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs

Sudden Loss of Responsiveness

When you tap the person on either shoulder, can they feel it?

No Normal Breathing

“The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds,” warns the American Heart Association.

Go to GoRedforWomen.org to find out how to prevent heart disease, tips for living healthy, find out if you’re at risk for heart disease, and find out how to get involved. Get started by wearing red this Friday!

Don’t forget Wear Red Day is this Friday, February 1, 2013!

 

 

Sources: GoRedforWomen.org and the American Heart Association.