As an Interior Designer, I usually blog about subjects related to Interior Design, but today I’d like to share with all of my readers something that is important to all women and the women in men’s lives.
Recently I attended an all day event at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich sponsored by Go Red For Women and The American Heart Association. Over 400 women listened to talks given by cardiologists and other health professionals on the #1 killer of women. I was shocked to learn it was HEART DISEASE.
Women are 10 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than breast cancer. One in three women die of heart disease. A startling statistic.
We all have become much more mindful of the importance of mammograms, and self breast exams, but somehow, heart disease was thought of as a “man’s disease”. But women are not “little men”. Our symptoms can be different from the pounding, chest pains usually attributed to having a heart attack.
Women’s symptoms can be as vague as:
- Feeling like you have the flu
- Pain in the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
We were reminded to watch our blood pressure and cholesterol, which out of control can lead to stroke or heart attacks.
The best prevention is yearly checkups, and living a health life style of eating properly, exercising and weight control.
Photo: Pam Dwyer, Susan Marocco, Carolle Cabot, Peggy Hill