Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital recently sponsored the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon for the Northwest Harris County and Montgomery County divisions. The annual event was held May 15th at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national call for women to take charge of their health and live stronger, healthier lives. The event is committed to raising awareness of women’s cardiac health in the community and the money raised from the event will be used to fund life-saving research and programs in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
Heart disease is not just for men. About one woman dies every minute from cardiovascular disease and 64 percent of women who die suddenly of heart disease did not have any previous symptoms.
Heart attack symptoms displayed by men and women are considerably different. When a woman has a heart attack she may experience nausea, overwhelming fatigue and dizziness. Her warning signs of an impending heart attack could include shortness of breath, vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Because these symptoms are often chalked up to stress, women have reported that they have a harder time getting their doctors to recognize these early warning signs. Women also wait longer before seeking medical care. With a heart attack, minutes matter. Seeking help sooner and being proactive about your care can help save heart muscle.
For more information on women’s health including heart disease, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/WomensHealth.