Thursday, February 6, 2014

Your Heart Comes First

It’s no secret that women are multitasking phenoms! We can cook, clean, take care of our loved ones, talk on the phone and answer emails simultaneously without even breaking a sweat. While multitasking is a great trait to have, sometimes getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules leads to us ignoring one important thing: our own health. Have you ever felt an intense pressure in your chest when you were completely stressed out?  Did you just ignore it and chalk it up to heartburn or maybe gas? Sometimes we become accustomed to brushing issues off and waiting for discomfort to subside, but staggering statistics are showing that this way of dealing with things could potentially lead to a not-so-happy ending.        

The Red Hat Society is comprised of some of the most amazing women in the world, and time and time again, you show us that there are no boundaries to the depths of your hearts. That is why Hatquarters believes that supporting the American Heart Association’s Go Red Campaign will bring awareness to the dangers of cardiovascular disease to our Sisters and lead to longer, healthier and happier lives. 

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the NUMBER ONE killer of women and young women? It claims more lives than breast cancer and lung cancer combined, and unfortunately the symptoms of a heart attack brought on by cardiovascular disease often go unnoticed.  The good news is that, according the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented by making heart-smart choices like eating healthy, exercising and abstaining from smoking.

Being knowledgeable about the signs of a heart attack could save your life! Here they are:

Signs of a Heart Attack From the American Heart Association:
  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1...Get to a hospital right away.

The next time you are at a Chapter event, we encourage you to make sure that every Sister knows about the threat of cardiovascular disease. Maybe, make a game of the five signs of a heart attack listed above, and laugh your way to health. Most importantly, Hatquarters encourages you to make 2014 your year to make heart-healthy choices. 

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