In the midst of a sea of pink all for the noble cause of Breast Cancer awareness month, I wear red today. For today mark’s the 25th anniversary of the day my mommy died. She was only 41 years young with a heart of gold. Yet it was her heart that killed her. Heart disease kills more women than the top 4 cancers COMBINED! Think about all of the women you know, 1/3 of them will die from a heart attack or stroke! 1 out of 3! It is so great that there is so much awareness for breast cancer and pink is a lovely color and I wear it often. I know of several people that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Some of them are surviving. But the sad truth is that many of those very women that beat breast cancer end up dying from a heart attack. The saddest thing is that most women don’t know the symptoms of a heart attack because they are different from heart attacks in men. Unfortunately, the movies only show the signs for men so its important to get the word out about the symptoms of a heart attack in a woman.
Signs of a Heart Attack:
- 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.
If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1…Get to a hospital right away.
I thought about writing a heart warming piece about my mom (and in fact started to write one so you still might see one) but I felt that the memory of my mom would be better served if I could help let other women know about some of the very real facts about heart disease.