Heart disease is the number one killer of women. The month of February is dedicated to promoting awareness of women’s heart disease. Its this week’s Medical Monday. Its lunchtime at the Aroostook Medical Center and hospital staffers are enjoying all kinds of healthy food options including this salad bar. But on this particular day, TAMC gourmet staff are cooking up a special lunch…featuring a heart healthy menu. Its their way of promoting education about women’s heart disease, the number one killer of women. John Raymond is a Physician’s Assistant for the Cardiology Dept. at the Aroostook Medical Center and says “It is the number of cause of death in both women and men its pretty equal as far as the number of incidents of heart attacks in both men and women but the difference is that women will develop their heart disease toward menopause or afterwards.”
Take heart of these other startling statistics:
-90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
-Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
-While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
Some of the symptoms of heart disease in women include:
shortness of breath
back or jaw pain.
dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting,
pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen
Sharon Madore had some of those symptoms, and knew enough to not ignore it. She says “I learned that its very important to pay attention to your body I had had some discomfort in the chest my arms were heavy and I just thought it was indigestion.” Madore got help at TAMC and has since changed her lifestyle to include a healthy diet and regular exercise. Raymond says if more people adapted to those changes, more lives would be saved from heart disease…because its preventable. “Stop smoking if they’re a smoker, watch their diet especially for high cholesterol foods make sure their blood pressure levels are under control and if they’re diabetics make sure that that’s under control as well,” adds Raymond. Overall, heeding that advice is good for your HEART and soul.
Category: Your Health