Red is everywhere this month!
From red candy heart boxes to red roses, the color red is always front and center in February. February is also American Heart Month, the time to raise awareness about heart disease and provide tips on ways to take care of your heart.
Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women? In fact, one in four women dies from heart disease.
And while heart disease and stroke don’t discriminate, African-American men are at the highest risk for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About two in five African-American men have high blood pressure, but only half have it under control.
Stroke disproportionally affects African-Americans. And African American women have two times the risk of stroke than Caucasian women.
It’s time to change those statistics. Here’s what you can do:
- Be aware: Know the warning signs for heart disease and attack. Women and men can both experience gripping chest pains or a cold sweat. But women often have more subtle symptoms like discomfort in the stomach; pain in the back, neck or jaw; nausea or shortness of breath.
- Get regular checkups: If you haven’t had a checkup lately, take a minute right now to schedule one at Swope Health Services. Call 816-923-5800 to make an appointment for a well-woman visit or physical. Talk with your provider about your risk of heart disease and its complications.
- Take control: The major risk factors for heart disease are diabetes; smoking; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; lack of physical exercise; obesity and family history of heart disease. Other than family history, you can take steps to change your risk level by managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, eating healthy foods and getting exercise regularly.
At SHS, we support heart health and, as you can see, we have the photograph to prove it! Many of our associates dressed in red on Feb. 5 — National Wear Red Day.
Join us! Do your part by Now Is The Time To Wear Red, Learn About Heart Disease, and Take Action! Your heart will love you for it!
To make an appointment for a checkup, call 816-923-5800. You can even call ahead for a same-day visit. Have a question? Leave a comment below.
Symptoms of heart attack:
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest.
Pain or discomfort in your arms, back, neck, stomach or jaw.
Shortness of breath.
Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Additional Resources for your Healthy Heart
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