As Interior Designers, we talk about color...a lot. The color red happens to be one of my favorites and today it takes on extra significance as February 1st marks the beginning of Heart Health month and it is Go Red For Women's "Wear Red Day".
Most people have been touched by cancer in way or another; either through diagnosis themselves or a loved one. We have made incredible strides in fighting that disease and it is a battle that must be won.
Heart disease however is the number one killer of women, more than all forms of cancer. It is through education and days like today that we can take charge of our health and try to beat this killer.
For me, it is personal. Eight years ago at the age of 45 I suffered a heart attack. Out of the blue, no warnings and no family history. My circumstance happened to be possibly congenital and treatable with medication but when I was at home working and started experiencing symptoms I couldn't have imagined that that 911 call would lead me to three days in the cardiac care unit. I was preparing for finals and planning my daughter's June wedding...seriously, I did not have time.
My story is a good one and with the help of my fabulous cardiologist and my now fabulous P.A., Mari Rossini I am healthy. So I try to spread the word in little ways, one of them being supporting Go Red For Women.
Here are the symptoms you should know from their website but know that everyone is different. These are general guidelines...ladies we know when something is not right. Listen to that!
Symptoms of a heart attack:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that 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, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
What to do during a heart attack
If you experience any of these signs or symptoms:
- Do not wait to call for help. Dial 9-1-1, make sure to follow the operator’s instructions and get to a hospital right away.
- Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice.
- Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders.
So join me wearing red today and maybe every Friday this month to support this cause. Learn you risk factors and take care of you...you're the only one there is!