February 3 was National Wear Red Day, and for a moment America saw red as advocates made an effort to spread awareness about heart disease in women.
While heart disease is something that can afflict both men and women, it is the number one killer of women in America, with an estimated one in four women dying from it, based on information provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
The American Heart Association (AHA) said that more women die from heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, which makes it imperative to raise awareness about the disease – the primary objective of National Wear Red Day.
Heart disease, however, is a preventable condition; 80 percent of deaths due to heart disease in women can be prevented for as long as women eat right, exercise, and do not smoke.
In addition to leading a healthy lifestyle, women are also advised to watch out for heart attack symptoms, including uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest which may be intermittent or lasts for more than a few minutes; pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach. Other signs of a heart attack may be shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort, and breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
The AHA shard further that women are more likely to feel some of the other symptoms of a heart attack, especially shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.