Jan 31, 2013 4:00 PM


Did you know that the 'classic' warning signs of a heart attack are different for women than they are for men?

Every year heart disease kills one in three women--a fact that everyone should know.

To raise awareness of these and other life-extending tips, today is the American Heart Association's, National Wear Red Day. Today millions of men and women will wear red to support this movement, help to save lives and look good doing it. Though red clothing may attract attention today, be sure to arm yourself with these tips to help prevent heart disease and heart attacks in women:

FACTS - Know that facts for yourselves and the other women in your lives:

• One in three women will experience chest pains or a heart attack at some point in her life.
• African-American and Hispanic women are at greater risk for developing heart disease than Caucasian women.
• Early diagnosis prevents many of these heart diseases.

PREVENTION - Use these tips to help prevent heart disease and heart attack:

• Get and/or stay tobacco free.
• Be and remain more active.
• Eat a healthy diet.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Monitor your blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol level.
• Know your family history.

SYMPTOMS OF HEART ATTACK IN WOMEN - In addition to sudden chest pain, pressure or discomfort and shortness of breath, women's symptoms are different than men’s in the following ways:

• Trouble sleeping
• Nausea
• New or worsening headaches
• A heavy or tight feeling in the chest
• Pain in the back, shoulders, jaw or neck

For more information about heart disease awareness and prevention and National Wear Red Day, visit the Go Red for Women Website.

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