Feb. 2 was Go Red for Women Day which is a campaign by the American Heart Association to raise women's awareness of heart disease.
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Although heart disease is the number one killer of women, including all forms of cancer, few realize that they are more likely to die from a heart attack than anything else.
Heart attacks in women don't always show up like they do in men. Many will have the typical chest pain and discomfort in their chest with exertion, but some will have profound fatigue, shortness of breath or upset stomach.
A healthy lifestyle including a low fat, balanced diet, daily exercise, and treating risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and smoking can significantly reduce your risk for a heart attack. Treatments may be required, and are usually successful.
Check out www.GoRedForWomen.org or call (888) 694-3278 for more information to reduce your risk of a heart attack. (Note: There is a tool to calculate your 10-year risk of a heart attack based on your risk factors.)
Dr. Bob Urata
President, Pacific Mountain Affiliate
American Heart Association