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Did you know:
• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women causing more deaths each year than breast cancer.
• More women die of heart disease than men and women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.
• Heart attacks can be a silent killer. Know the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke and when to call 911.
• Heart disease signs and symptoms can vary for women; chest pain, neck or jaw pain, back, stomach and abdominal pain, nausea, palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, and unexplained anxiety. Only 30 percent of cases include complaints of chest pain.
• Diet, lack of exercise, smoking, obesity and family history are all risk factors associated with heart disease.
• Many cardiovascular events can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices. If you smoke, quit. If you are sedentary, get up and move daily. Eat healthy. Lower the amount of salt in your diet and eat more fish, fresh vegetables and less processed carbohydrates.
Show your support for women’s heart health and wear red on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 for “National Wear Red Day”.
(Editorials published in the News are the collective opinion of the News editorial team.)