Women & Heart Disease: Get the Facts
When most people think of February, they probably visualize Valentine’s Day, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, or Cupid spreading love in the air. However, February also marks American Heart Month, which is kicked off every year by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® Movement. As advocates for cardiovascular health, Pegalis Law Group, LLC recognizes the need to educate our clients about heart disease. Learn more about how heart disease affects women and ways you can be proactive in loving yourself and taking care of your heart this month.
How Does Heart Disease Affect Women?
Heart disease is an umbrella term referring to several heart conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart attacks. While many consider heart disease as being something that affects men primarily, the reality is it affects nearly as many women every year. Responsible for one out of every five female deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is among the leading causes of death for women in the United States. Statistics also show about one out of every 16 women age 20 or older shows early signs of coronary heart disease, many without even realizing it.
What Are Common Symptoms of Heart Disease?
Heart disease is frequently called a silent killer. Common symptoms of heart disease include fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and sharp pains in the chest, neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen, or back. Because these symptoms are also associated with several other health conditions, many women make the fatal mistake of ignoring the warning signs until it’s too late. That’s why the Go Red for Women® Movement was started. Through this and other initiatives, more women across the country and globe are being made aware of heart disease, so they don’t become just another statistic.
Who’s Most at Risk for Developing Heart Disease?
Women who are inactive, obese, maintain a poor diet, drink too much alcohol, or who are diabetic are more at risk for developing heart disease. However, there are proactive steps you can take to reduce that risk. Have your cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides checked regularly and get yourself tested for diabetes. Limit your alcohol consumption and make this the year you finally quit smoking. If you’re overweight, talk to your doctor about healthy changes you can make in your lifestyle and diet or better ways to cope with daily stress.
Pegalis Law Group, LLC Encourages Proactive Heart Health
Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York law firm focused on educating our clients year-round about heart disease prevention and treatment. Representing clients who have suffered from personal injury or medical errors, many of our clients are cardiac patients. For nearly 50 years, we have been advocates for the public, providing education to ensure safer medical practices and better patient care. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive more updates about how you can be proactive with your heart health.