Today is “Wear Red Day.” The red is in support of a national awareness of women’s heart health. I have to tell you folks, now that I am in the new forty I have realized that if I want to make it to the new fifty I need to be cognizant of anything that may interfere with my logical progression toward that goal. I have been focused in on heart attacks in particular as the signs for women can be very different than those for men. There is a short column on this written by Dr. Rob Danoff that I would recommend all women (and all folks who love women) read regarding the signs of a female heart attack.
Dr. Danoff specifically focuses on subtle signs that “may precede a heart attack by one week to many months, even six or more. Even though the following symptoms may be—and often are—caused by other medical conditions, they also could be pieces of a puzzle that say your heart is in trouble. ”
The symptoms Dr. Danoff cautions women to note are:
* Chest pain that occurs in a predictable pattern (from stress, activity, etc.)
* Unusual and unexplained fatigue
* Sleep disturbances
* Shortness of breath
* Indigestion that may or may not be related to eating
* Pain in the left shoulder blade or upper back
* Anxiety or feeling of uneasiness or impending personal doom
Women have a tendency to put others first and to let their own health and well-being take a back seat. This I know – as I am a woman; but, we owe the ones we love and the ones who love us better than that…indeed, we owe ourselves better than that. Heart health is nothing to fool around with. Be aware of the symptoms and reduce any risk factors you can…take this responsibility seriously…as seriously as you would a potential heart attack. Heart health is one area where small steps can result in big risk reductions…take good care of yourself ladies.
Day five hundred and seventy-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da