Let the overabundance of decorative red and pink hearts be your reminder to get serious about your heart’s health!
Heart disease claims the lives of many, but it’s a disease most people don’t talk about until it’s too late. Heart disease affects men and women of all races, taking the life of one person every 36 seconds in the United States, according to the CDC.
Did You Know?
Every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack, sometimes completely undetected. Additionally, 18.2 million adults suffer from coronary artery disease (CAD). Keeping those statistics in mind, few medical conditions and factors increase your risk of heart disease:
- High cholesterol and high blood pressure
- Smoking and an unhealthy diet
- Obesity and physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol use
Know the Early Signs of a Heart Attack
For women, tiredness, nausea, and vomiting are sometimes red flags indicating a heart attack. Other symptoms include:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Feeling weak and shortness of breath
- Pain in neck, jaw, or back
- Discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders
For more information on preventing heart disease, check out the Million Hearts initiative, aimed at preventing one million heart attacks and strokes within five years. You can also visit The Heart Truth to learn more about heart disease in women, particularly women of color.
Check out the SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB for additional ways to stay healthy and information on taking preventative measures with it comes to heart disease and other conditions.