Take It From Us: They’Re Wearing Red

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Holly Crump, Amity Justice, program coordinators for the Eastern Area Health Education Center, teamed up with Sanja Long and Heather Williams from the Mogollon Health Alliance to don red to improve awareness of heart disease among women.

Heart disease claims the lives of one in three women, more than all forms of cancer combined. In fact, heart disease kills more women than men — making it the No. 1 health problem for women.

So why don’t we see dramatic scenes of women clutching their chests and struggling to the emergency room on TV or in the movies? Because the universally recognizable signs of a heart attack are different in women than they are in men.

Heart attack symptoms in women are more subtle; less dramatic. And you should know the differences. It could save your life.

A woman having a heart attack is likely to feel jaw pain, back pain, and even nausea. These are symptoms women often attribute to the flu or just having an off day. Many women think they’re just feeling the stress of too many undone things on their to-do lists, when in fact they are feeling symptoms of a heart attack.

To call attention to the problem, the American Heart Association on Feb. 7 sponsored the 10th annual Wear Red Day.

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