2013-01-18 / Community

St. John’s To Hold “Go Red” Event

St. John's Episcopal Hospital is extending an invitation to the community for its Go Red for Women event on Friday, February 1st, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Hospital Lobby. There will be free blood pressure screenings, heart healthy nutrition information, tips for healthy heart exercises and more.

Go Red for Women is held by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease for women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by the disease. Eighty percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise, and abstinence from smoking.

Signs of a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association, include: 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.

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