Take this to heart

It’s February, the month of Luuuvvv, and many of you are probably thinking more about this kind of heart

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than this kind of heart

Image: science.howstuffworks.com

But remember friends, if your ticker isn’t in good shape, you won’t have much stamina for the other kind of love. So in honor of American Heart Month, give yourself and your loved ones an early Valentine’s Day gift, and check out the American Heart Association’s website.

Did you know?

  • more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined
  • 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if we made better choices about diet, exercise and smoking
  • a heart attack may or may not feel like a pain or tightness in your chest. Other signs of a heart attack include:
    1. pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
    2. shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
    3. breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
  • 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
  • having diabetes increases your risk of heart disease and stroke

If you haven’t clicked the link to the American Heart Association’s website yet, here’s another chance to do it. There’s a wealth of information and interactive tools to help you assess and decrease your risk of heart disease.

I’ll leave you with this great short film with Elizabeth Banks. It illustrates why women often ignore symptoms, and wait too long to get treatment for a heart attack. Notice how her “husband” comes into the chaos looking fresh and rested. Then he just floats out the door, leaving her alone with her heart attack. That would never happen in my house. Mike thinks a hospital visit is the answer to almost any ailment, from a high fever to a hang nail. Plus, he does most of the work around here in the mornings. Which is just one of the many reasons he has MY heart.


One thought on “Take this to heart

  1. Papa says:

    I actually did know, about 10yrs ago, that heart disease killed more women. But cancer, especially breast cancer, generates a very strong emotional response. Which, unfortunately, clouds the impact of heart disease. I’m not minimizing cancer but if your heart stops, the cancer really doesn’t matter. Take care of the big engine first, then fine tune the rest.

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