National Wear Red Day seeks to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in women with a focus on prevention. As part of the American Heart Association's National Go Red for Women® movement, Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks directed a humorous, sharable piece reminding women that a serious cardiac event can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. Take a look at this very relatable “super mom” and what happens when she has “Just a Little Heart Attack”.
Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, according to the Heart Association, yet cardiovascular diseases continue to be women’s greatest health threat. The movement reminds women that wearing red tomorrow is not just about making a statement. It’s about making a commitment to take charge of your heart health and to know the signs of a heart attack in women, which can be very different than it is in men.
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack
If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Talk with your primary care physician about the right prevention methods for you. If you have any risk factors, your doctor can give you a referral to a cardiologist who can help you achieve and maintain a healthy heart.