You may not know this...but, about 5 years ago, I had to have a stent placed in my heart due to an 80% blockage. I'm a very active, snowboard and ski, name it. No history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease in my family. I had symptoms...which I grew to accept as "normal"..until I couldn't ignore them anymore. Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined! What a shocking statistic! This Friday is the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women Day". It's a day to raise awareness and challenge others to help fight heart disease. If you do nothing else..I hope you will learn the signs of heart attach in women..which sometimes are very different than the classic signs:

Heart Attack Signs in Women

  1. 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.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. 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.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Won't you wear red this Friday and support this great cause?