2/8/2013 3:53:00 PM Campaign raises heart awareness for women
Dr. Rebecca Locke, right, informs many women about heart health risks. Courtesy photo.
Submitted by Fay Coats CBHA
Heart Disease kills more women than all cancers combined, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA launched its "Wear Red Day" campaign 10 years ago to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Heart disease was long thought to be a man's disease. In actuality, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both women and men. A "Wear Red Day" event will be held at all CBHA clinics Friday, Feb. 1. Times will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Othello Family Clinic, 14th Avenue Medical Center and Connell Family Clinic. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wahluke Family Clinic. Professional staff will help participants complete a free Heart Health Risk Assessment. There are certain risk factors that can help determine if a woman is at risk of developing heart disease. If a participant's scores are low on the assessment, clinic staff will help them set up an appointment with a medical provider. Blood pressures will also be taken and participants may be entered to win a great heart health-related door prize. Heart attack symptoms in women differ from those in men. While women often do experience some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest, they also can have neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort. They may feel out of breath, become nauseated and even vomit. Some women become very lightheaded or dizzy and feel unusually fatigued. These symptoms are not as dramatic as the crushing chest pain, but the results can be just as deadly. National Wear Red Day is a day when Americans nationwide wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness. Every year, employees at CBHA join together and wear red on this important day. Join us Feb. 1 to raise awareness of women's heart disease.