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Happy National Heart Month & National Wear Red Day 2023

This month is all about heart health, and today is about raising awareness about heart disease in women

  • Heart disease is still the #1 killer in women

  • Heart disease took 1:5 women in 2020

  • 1:16 women 20+ years have coronary heart disease (1)

  • You are 2x's more likely to develop heart disease if you went through menopause early (2)

  • Your risk of developing coronary heart disease later in life is also increased if you suffered from preeclampsia during pregnancy (3)

Symptoms of a heart attack (4):

Chest pain or discomfort

Upper body pain, including shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw

Somach pain or heartburn

Shortness of breath


Lightheadedness, Sweating, and/or nausea or vomiting

Heart palpitations

Women may not have many, or any typical symptoms of a heart attack, so it is important to make sure you have regular visits to your doctor annually for a well-check.

This month I will be talking about HEALTHY HABITS that can help lower your risk factors, so check back in or better yet- subscribe to my blog to receive emails when I post!

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Women and Heart Disease". CDC. Oct 14, 2022.

2. Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Early Menopause Associated With Increased Risk Of Heart Disease, Stroke". Sept 18, 2012.

3. HEART.ORG. "Preeclampsia may double a woman's chances for later heart failure". Aug 24, 2020.

4. Mayo Clinic. "Heart attack symptoms: Know what's a medical emergency". Jun 28, 2022.

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