February is Go Red for Women! - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

 

February is Go Red for Women!

Talk to your health care provider about a heart check up.

Talk to your health care provider about a heart check up.

By Mariana Berbert and Gail Gunter Hunt, Women Veterans Health Program
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Although everyone should care about heart health, women are especially affected.  Heart disease has become the leading cause of death for women, claiming the life of 1 in 3 women every year. The symptoms of heart disease in men and women can be different and are sometimes misunderstood. Because of this, women are less likely to call 911 when experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack. It is important to learn about some of the common symptoms of heart disease and some tips on how to prevent it. Join the VA in celebrating Heart Health Month and learn how you can prevent heart disease or manage existing conditions.

Here is some information to get you started.

Common symptoms of heart disease in women:

  • Pressure, squeezing or “full-feeling” in the chest that lasts a few minutes or can go away and come back.
  • Discomfort on one or both arms, jaw, neck, back or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

Prevention Tips:

  • Visit your doctor at least once a year
  • Stop smoking
  • Be aware of your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight
  • Start an exercise program
  • Learn about hearth healthy food choices

You are invited to celebrate American Heart Month and the Go Red for Women Campaign in February by attending “Predicting Heart Attacks: Holy Grail or Snipe Hunt?” by Dr. Christopher Kurtz, VA/UW Cardiologist and Associate Director of the Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Disease.  The presentation is at the Madison VAH on Friday, February 8th at Noon in Room B2055.   VA Nurses will be offering blood pressure checks for Veteran patients and information will be available to help maintain good heart health.

For more information visit: www.heart.org or www.goredforwomen.org

 

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