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Going Red for Women

Date: 02/03/2020

Northern Light Health to “Go Red” for women’s heart health on Friday, February 7

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. For this reason, Northern Light Health is joining the American Heart Association and others nationally for American Heart Month throughout the month of February.

Pediatric specialty staff in Bangor
showing their support for heart
health awareness by wearing red.
Northern Light Health hospitals from Portland to Presque Isle will “Go Red for Women”, encouraging employees and visitors to wear red on Friday, February 7 to help raise awareness of heart disease, particularly among women. Several of our facilities will offer free resources to educate people about the signs and symptoms of heart disease, as well as prevention tips. 

“Nearly 48 million women in the US are living with or at risk for heart disease,” says Patti Corey, MSB, Associate Vice President, Cardiovascular Services for Northern Light Health. “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

  • Nausea

  • 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/heart-health.

Learn more about Go Red for Women

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.

– Patti Corey, MSB