Take 3 actions to fight cardiovascular disease
Every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease and stroke; 80 percent may be prevented
To think of heart disease and stroke as America’s leading killers of women is alarming, until you factor in the good news: 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented with awareness and action.
In celebration of Heart Month, the American Heart Association (AHA) urges women to take three actions to improve their heart and brain health.
The American Heart Association also recommends learning the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke.
Chest pain and radiating discomfort in the left arm are common heart attack symptoms for both men and women. Women, however, may experience other warning signs, including shortness of breath, back or jaw pain and nausea. Call 9-1-1 immediately at the first sign of symptoms.
Remember the acronym F.A.S.T. for the warning signs of stroke: Face drooping, Arm weakness and Speech difficulty. When you see these symptoms, it’s Time to call 9-1-1.
The American Heart Association’s mission is building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Go Red For Women is the AHA’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. It advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. The campaign is nationally sponsored by Macy's and CVS Health, with additional support from local sponsors Union Bank and Huntington Hospital.