Awareness on Friday with "Wear Red Day"
February 6,2014 -Tom
HARRISBURG - When someone mentions a heart attack, the vision that first comes to mind
is often of a man grasping at his chest.
heart disease actually takes the lives of more women than men.
awareness of the prevalence, Dr. Rawa Sarji, a cardiologist at Sanford Health,
says it's time to Go Red for Women.
wearing red, living a healthy lifestyle and speaking red," she says.
"By spreading the message that heart disease is killing our mothers,
daughters, sisters and friends."
to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke account for 32
percent of all female deaths in Pennsylvania, and on average, nearly 57 women
die from heart disease and stroke in Pennsylvania each day.
coming Friday is the American Heart Association's annual Wear Red Day, when
people are asked to don some red clothing to show support for women's heart
also true that women are less likely to call 911 if they're experiencing heart
attack symptoms, which Sarji says may include the classic chest pain that
radiates down the left arm.
can be associated with sweating, shortness of breath, nausea," she says.
"In women, they can also present similarly. They can also present with jaw
it's very important for women to be very cognizant and, if they are having
symptoms, to seek immediate medical attention."
also notes that the steps a person can take to reduce the risk of heart disease
have been well publicized - including quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet
and getting regular exercise.
disease is responsible for nearly one-third of all deaths in the United States.