Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center to “Go Red” for women’s heart health on Friday, February 1
Bangor, Maine (January 28, 2019) — Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Each year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. This is a big reason why Northern Light Health is joining the American Heart Association and others nationally for American Heart Month in February and Go Red for Women on February 1.
Go Red for Women kicks off at 11 am on Friday, February 1 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, where volunteers will have items on display and handouts available at the Community Kiosk, Grant 2 near Mason Auditorium. They will provide information on women’s heart health and educate people about the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women, as well as prevention tips.
“Nearly 48 million women in the US are living with or at risk for heart disease,” says Denise Sullivan, CMA (AAMA), instructor and WomenHeart Champion. “For years heart disease was considered a man’s disease, but today, we know that more women than men do not survive their first heart attack and often have worse outcomes. Women typically experience very different symptoms than men, and that is something every women – and every man who has a woman in their life they care about – should be aware of.”
There are definite early warning signs and symptoms of heart attacks. Women can experience all, some, a few, or none of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual or extreme fatigue
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Upper body discomfort (jaw, neck, back pain)
Knowing these heart attack symptoms could mean the difference between life and death. The sooner appropriate action is taken, the better the odds are for survival and decreased complications following a heart attack.
All Northern Light Health organizations encourage Mainers to become a Heart Health Hero. To learn more and for additional useful resources including healthy recipes, videos, and more, visit northernlighthealth.org/hearthealth. For more information about Go Red for Women: northernlighthealth.org/Heart-Health/Wear-Red.