February is American Heart Month during which time the American Heart Association works to raise awareness about heart disease, our nation’s number one killer. National Wear Red Day is always the first Friday in February, which encourages everyone to wear red or “go red” to raise awareness about heart disease in women.
The American Heart Association appeared on Good Day PA to demonstrate easy exercises that women can do at work to fit more time for exercise into their busy schedules. Exercise is one way to help prevent a heart attack.
The AHA also reminded women of the signs of a heart attack that are specific to females:
- Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest is what most people associate with a heart attack.
- Women can also experience pain or discomfort in other areas of the body, including the neck, back, jaw or arm.
- Other symptoms include shortness of breath or fatigue, sudden nausea and lightheadedness, and profuse sweating.