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February is Heart Health Awareness Month.

Did you know that heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men?

woman having heart attack 3Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.  One in three deaths in women is from heart disease; compared to one in 31 American women die from breast cancer each year.  Women don’t experience the same symptoms as men with heart disease, so they ignore their symptoms and are often misunderstood, even by their physicians!

Unlike men who experience extreme chest pain, women do not.  Instead a woman’s symptoms could be extreme fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, nausea/vomiting, shortness of breath, pain in the lower chest, upper abdomen, back, or jaw pain.  If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t dismiss them.  Plan a physician visit, and ask to be checked out for heart disease.  It is your life you will save!

Helen Trowsdale, RN, BSN

AA Care Services

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