Have you heard about the ‘Lady Killer’?

Hello one and all- Happy November! I know the calendar still says it is autumn, however I’d say winter is here with snow and temps in the mid to upper 20’s and some lucky areas in the 30’s. When I woke yesterday and saw the blanket of white accumulation I was awed by the beauty of it. Snow does seem to make life a little more tranquil I think…that is unless you have to go out into it. Okay enough about the weather.

Today lets talk about the ‘Lady Killer’ as described by Jennifer Hudson in the public service announcement that airs on t.v. occasionally, HEART DISEASE.

This health crisis affects both men and women but is often missed by women and their doctors, who don’t recognize the symptoms they are experiencing as being those of heart disease since these symptoms can often be explained away as something less critical, since they mirror those of other health issues that are more minor. The reality though is that in both men and women Heart disease causes more deaths annually then all cancers combined. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) 398,035 women die each year in the U.S., that breaks down to one woman every minute of everyday the year who dies!

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), better known as hardening of the Arteries, caused by buildup of plaque within blood vessels that stick to and harden along the walls of arteries. Symptoms of CAD are more generally known and followed up on for men, however women can often experience different symptoms that are frequently attributed to a more minor condition and thus are overlooked.

Symptoms women need to look for

  • Gut pain that seems like indigestion
  • Rapidly occurring fatigue/weakness
  • Throat pain
  • A feeling of tightness in your jaw

It is important to familiarise yourself with Heart Health Facts. Our heart is the hardest working muscle in our bodies and we as a whole need to treat it as such. As has been said for generations ‘An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.’ Listen to your heart.

I hope this finds each of you doing as well as you can be. I’m sending each of you my wishes that today has been and is a great day and that your tomorrow is even better.

‘Til next time

~Heidi

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