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This is close to my heart

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on February 3, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 2 at 11:19 AM

You might see a lot of women wearing red today. There is a reason.

This is Go Red for Women Day, a time when we show our colors to fight heart disease.

I'm passionate about heart disease. You could say it  is definitely something close to my heart, for a very good reason.

My mother suffered a massive heart attack at a pretty young age.  She beat the odds by surviving for nearly 30 years afterwards, but passed away a couple of months ago from a stroke. She was an amazing woman, who took good care of her body and listened to her doctors.

I'd like to be like her.

So, on this Go Red for Women Day I'm sharing what I think are must remember warning signs.  If you experience ANY of the following symptons 911 right away.

Signs of a Heart Attack:

  • 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.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • 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, do not wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1...Get to a hospital right away.

Take care of yourself!