Lisa Dawson

National Heart Health Month: Women are Different!

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.

heart attack symptoms 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!

Thanks to photographer Olugbenro Photography and Gene Juarez Salons & Spas for my snazzy new profile picture!

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