National Wear Red Day is Feb. 6, 2015
First, the bad news: Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in women since 1908. Almost every minute, a woman in the United States dies from heart disease and a woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the U.S. The good news: There are steps you can take to lower your risk for heart disease, including eating healthy, staying active, being smoke-free, and getting regular check-ups. Unfortunately, studies show that heart disease is more likely to be treated accurately in men than women.
SOME WARNING SIGNS OF HEART PROBLEMS INCLUDE:
- CHEST DISCOMFORT that can feel like uncomfortable pressure or squeezing, fullness or pain.
- DISCOMFORT OR PAIN in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH.
- OTHER SIGNS may include breaking out in a cold sweat,nausea and lightheadedness.
- WOMEN'S most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly: shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, back or jaw pain.
- UNCERTAINTY IS NORMAL. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren'tsure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.
- DON'T DELAY. CALL 9-1-1.
To raise awareness and educate our community, St. Joseph Health, St. Mary has a full slate of activities for American Heart Month.
National Wear Red Day will kick off a hospital and town-wide campaign.
A Heart Art Contest conducted at area schools, including whimsical, educational, and beautiful art, will be judged on Feb. 21 during a day-long educational event. Following the contest a number of the images may be chosen and framed for display.
Also on Feb. 21 will be a free heart screening, heart-healthy cooking demonstration and children's coloring activities.
Physician educational lectures for adults will include presentations on sudden cardiac death and women and heart disease. Last, but not least, there will be an EMS talk titled, "What do to do when you have called 911."
St. Joseph Health, St. Mary values its partnerships with our High Desert communities and organizations, striving to collaboratively create a healthier environment for our dear neighbors. Join us in spreading the word about heart health this February. Or like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on initiatives and events that can improve health for us all.
For more ways to participate in Heart Month check out the opportunities below offered by Health Apple Valley:
60 MINUTES TO HEART HEALTH
Feb. 14, 9 –10 a.m.; Free
Commit 60 minutes to your heart health with a walk around beautiful Civic Center Park, which offers two walking paths. Pick you path and start walking. Walking is a form of aerobic exercise and is one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health. Join us on the amphitheater stage at 9 a.m. for stretching and energizing music. Earn a bead for each lap walked – the person with the most beads at the end of the hour will win a prize!
Feb. 21, 9 –10 a.m.; Free
Celebrate American Heart Month with your friendly Apple Valley recreation staff. Activities include parachutes, dancing, running, ball play and so much more. Physical play has several benefits including building strong and healthy bodies, fighting obesity and developing motor skills.
Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m. – noon; $10
This is Apple Valley's premier, family friendly heart event. Start forming teams now for this wacky fitness competition. Teams of three to five will compete in 10 heart healthy activities throughout Civic Center Park to win bonus points and prizes. For more information call Lena Quinonez at (760) 240-7000 ext. 7883.
St. Mary is offering a free personalized test and report that predicts your risk of major chronic diseases including stroke, diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer and more. You must pre-register by calling 1-866-636-4445. Use code TCIN.
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