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American Heart Month

The American Heart Association, “Go Red for Women” campaign highlights the importance of heart disease awareness for women. Many people believe that heart disease occurs more in men and older people. The fact is that heart disease is the number one killer of women and it can happen regardless of age. The common belief is that heart attack starts with chest pain. For women the first symptoms are often   shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Dizziness, fainting or extreme fatigue may also occur.

The good news is that there are ways to control your risk for heart disease. By following the Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7” you can reduce your risk of heart disease. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk factors.

Life’s Simple 7

·         Get active for 30 minutes each day ·         Lose weight
·         Control your cholesterol ·         Control your blood sugar
·         Eat more healthy foods ·         Quit smoking
·         Manage your blood pressure  

 

More information visit Go Red for Women

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