February is the Month to Love Others and Yourself!
Continuing with Seasons of Change mission of EMPOWERING SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES with education and encouragement to be proactive, I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to LOVE YOURSELF and those in your life by addressing your HEART HEALTH.
February is upon us and is thought of as the month for lovers and for expressing our love. The color we associate with February is RED and we symbolize February with HEARTS. Following that theme, February is designated as HEART HEALTH MONTH and on February 1st many of us wore RED to increase awareness of heart disease. On February 14th, of course, Valentine’s Day, we celebrate our love for those special people in our life. So while we are celebrating love and symbolic hearts let me take a quick minute to throw out some hard facts about your heart.
Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death for women world- wide? Sadly though, many women are not aware of this fact or educated to the symptoms that signal a heart attack. The symptoms that women experience can be different from the “crushing chest pain” that is often associated when men experience a heart attack. Although women can experience the crushing chest pain their symptoms are often much more subtle. Those symptoms can include nausea, shortness of breath, pain in their neck, back, or jaw. Often these symptoms are ignored by women.
Data collected from studies show that even when women are aware of the high risk of mortality from a heart attack, fewer than half of these women see the high risk to themselves of developing heart disease or suffering from cardiovascular disease processes. According to the American Heart Association, an individual dies from cardiovascular disease every 38 seconds. But, did you know that 80% of heart related deaths could be prevented? PREVENTION BEGINS WITH EDUCATION. EDUCATION IS EMPOWERMENT.
Please take the time to click on this link and view this humorous 3 minute educational video from the American Heart Association that covers the symptoms of heart attack.
We have loved Elizabeth Banks’s humorous acting chops in many movies and TV shows. Here her portrayal of a woman having a heart attack, while causing us to chuckle, will strike a cord with many women. While you are there, take the time to look around the site and thoroughly educate yourself to the symptoms of cardiovascular disease and prevention strategies.
“I DON’T HAVE TIME TO EDUCATE MYSELF, IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME”, you may be thinking. To that comment I would wonder if you have any idea how much time it takes to recover from a heart attack? Hospitalization, cardiac rehab, follow up physician appointments, time missed from work, using all your PTO time with recovery. Trust me when I say that it will take far less time to educate yourself to the risks, warning signs and strategies to live a healthier life. You will thank yourself and your loved ones will thank you!
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