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American Hearth Health Month

February is American hearth health month! Every year on the first Friday of February, women wear red to spread awareness that heart disease does not only affect men; heart disease is also the number one killer of women in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, despite increasing awareness, only 54% of women recognize heart disease as the number one killer of women. Heart disease does not only affect older women. Women of all ages should know their family history, as well as the risk factors for heart disease.

Heart disease results in atherosclerosis, which develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow through. This can lead to heart attack or stroke. Women are more likely than men to experience non-chest pain related symptoms of a heart attack. Some of these symptoms are: neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, pain in one or both arms, nausea or vomiting, sweating, lightheadedness or dizziness, and unusual fatigue.

There are many ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. Some of these include: not smoking, eating healthy, staying active, knowing your family history of heart disease, and controlling your blood pressure.



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