Heart disease affects more than 6 million American women, and another 37 million women are at risk for developing heart disease. It is the number one killer of women and is responsible for 1 in three deaths in women annually. It's a disease that impacts women of all ages, our clients, their daughters and their granddaughters as well.
We will devote this entire month towards gaining an understanding of the impact of heart disease in women and ways of preventing it.
Our first step in this process is to introduce you to WomenHeart.org, which is The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. It is the only patient-centered advocacy organization in the United States for the nation's 41 million women living with or at risk for heart disease.The short video below will provide an introduction to the organization, and clicking on the logo underneath it will take you directly to its website.
The signs of a heart attack in a women are very different than those in a man. They look different - they feel different.
The Heart Attack Risk Calculator - by clicking on the image below, in less than 10 minutes, you can determine your personal risk factor for heart disease.
If you've got a minute and two seconds, you can learn the warning signs of a stroke. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are encouraging Americans to use the F.A.S.T. (F-Face drooping; A-Arm weakness; S-Speech difficulty; T-Time to call 9-1-1) acronym to communicate the warning signs/symptoms of a stroke to bystanders, and empower them to take action upon recognition. For more information go to StrokeAssociation.org
Rounding out our last week of American Heart Month are two very important videos on empowering yourself with knowledge and the importance of advocacy and making a difference in the quality of care provided to women.