It’s been almost two years since a blood clot decided to form in my heart. Thanks in part to information from The Hope Heart Institute and the American Heart Association, I recognized the warning signs and was able to get medical treatment before my heart was damaged.
There’s a common misconception that men are at the greatest risk for heart attacks, when in reality women account for nearly half of heart attack-related deaths.
As part of February’s National Heart Health Month, The Hope created the Flex4Hope social media campaign to raise heart health awareness via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I was invited to join the campaign and spread the word from the perspective of a younger, otherwise healthy woman. It’s been a great experience, so I thought I’d wrap up the month with a couple of my favorite updates.
Warning signs can be different for women.
It’s common for women to dismiss the warning signs of a heart attack.
Especially younger women who are busy with careers or families (or both). Check out this video from Go Red For Women and see if you recognize yourself. I sure did!
The month is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we get to stop: Ladies, please learn the warning signs. And don’t put off getting anything that feels wrong checked out. I know how is it is easy to talk yourself out of going to the doctor, but heart issues are much easier to address when caught early.
Here’s to healthy hearts!