February is a month marked with the color red and all things heart-shaped. It’s no surprise that February is also American Heart Month. Many of us have been, or know someone who has been, affected by heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. Heart disease has no preference to one’s race, ethnicity, sex or age.
Friday, February 7 is National Wear Red Day, a day in which everyone is encouraged to wear red in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Raising awareness helps to increase knowledge on how to live more heart-friendlier, and how to look for signs of heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, over half a million Americans will suffer from a heart attack annually. Knowing the symptoms can save your life or the life of a loved one.
- Chest pains or pressure (it may go away, then come back)
- Shortness of breath with or without chest pains
- Pain or discomfort in the arm, back, neck or jaw
- Cold sweat
A healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and correct diet are essential to preventing heart disease. Contact your doctor or health provider before you begin any health regime, and most importantly, wear red on February 7, 2014 to support your loved ones!]]>