Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, NorthShore Healthcare is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Please join us on February 3rd and wear RED to raise awareness of Women and heart disease .
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
Be aware of the signs and act fast
A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. Rapid treatment can save lives and prevent damage to the heart. The best outcomes occur when treatment is started within 1 hour of the onset of symptoms.
Common symptoms are:
- Heavy pressure on the chest
- Sharp pain in the neck, back, and jaw
- Severe shortness of breath
- Cold sweats
- Unusual or unexplained tiredness
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting
To lower your risk:
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.