Are you protecting your heart?
Approximately 1 woman every minute dies from a heart attack in America. That is 1 in every 3 women according to the American Heart Association.
This year the Doctors Office of Dr. Eldridge FACOG wants every woman to be prepared to know the signs of a heart attack.
Besides yearly "Well Women's Exams" from your family care doctor, every woman should routinely check for the following:
- Check if heart disease is hereditary in your family
- Frequently monitor your cholesterol and fat intake in your diet
- Get regular exercise. At least 30 minutes per day of brisk walking will do
- Commit to stop smoking
Dial 911 Immediately if you suspect you're having a heart attack.
According to the article "Gender and Heart Disease," by The American Heart Association:
Women can also have subtler, less recognizable symptoms such as pain or discomfort in the stomach, jaw, neck or back, nausea and shortness of breath. As a result, women are often unaware that what they’re experiencing is a heart attack. So what happens? Women blow off the warning signs, assuming something else is the problem.