Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. The N.C. Division of Public Health is "Going Red" for the month of February to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® Campaign.

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Heart Disease Facts

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. It kills one woman every 80 seconds!

In North Carolina, heart disease is responsible for 1 in 5 adult deaths.

Nearly 1 in 6 adults with high blood pressure do not know that they have this risk factor.

About 1 in 3 adults may have had a stroke symptom, but did not seek help.

80% of strokes can be prevented by adopting healthy habits.

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Symptoms of a Heart Attack or Stroke

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Heart Attack Signs/Symptoms

Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back

Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach

Shortness of breath, with or without discomfort

Cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

Stroke Signs/Symptoms

F

Facial Drooping

A

Arm Weakness

S

Speech Difficulty

T

Time to Call 9-1-1

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You should never wait more than five minutes to dial 9-1-1 if you experience any signs of stroke.

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Preventing Heart Disease

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Eat Well

According to the American Heart Association, most Americans eat twice the recommended sodium limit per day. Salt hides in surprising places, make sure you check nutrition labels and serving sizes.

Keep a food diary to track meals, control hunger, and stay accountable.

Drink more water! Sometimes when we feel hungry we are actually dehydrated.

Get Moving

Get out the leash and walk your dog. Not only will it improve your heart health, but it will improve your furry friend’s heart health too!

Walk and talk. Grab a buddy and walk while talking. Take social and work calls on the go!

Don’t like the weather? Take a walk around your local mall instead.

Park further from stores to get in some extra steps.

Know Your Numbers

Ideally, adults should strive to have their blood pressure at or below 120/80 mmHG, their fasting blood sugar at or below 100 mg/dl and their BMI at or below 25 kg/m².

Most pharmacies have blood pressure machines you can use for free!

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NC DPH Heart Health Resources

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NC WISEWOMAN - a cardiovascular screening program for uninsured/underinsured women.

Faithful Families - program to promote healthy eating and physical activity in faith communities.

NC DHHS Facebook and NC DPH Twitter - social media sites to keep you informed of public health issues in North Carolina and to promote healthy lifestyles.

Eat Smart, Move More, North Carolina - a statewide program that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity

Start With Your Heart - a taskforce that strives to prevent, manage, and control heart disease and stroke in North Carolina

References

The American Heart Association. (n.d.). Go Red for Women®. Retrieved from https://www.goredforwomen.org/

Modified: February 2, 2018