On February 13th , Wear Red to raise awareness about women’s heart health in Canada. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women worldwide and it affects women of all ages. That means 1 in 3 women will die as a result of heart disease or stroke.

Despite this, women are under-diagnosed, under-treated, under-studied when it comes to heart disease. Women and their health care providers are also under-aware about their risk factors and the common signs and symptoms of heart disease in women.

Heart attacks go unrecognized in women up to 54% of the time. When in doubt, check it out! NEVER delay getting help for your symptoms. Be sure to ask your doctor if your symptoms could be heart-related. Women’s heart attack symptoms can be different from men’s and often include:

  • chest pain or discomfort
  • pain in your back, neck, jaw or arm
  • stomach pain
  • shortness of breath, nausea
  • sweating
  • unusual fatigue

Heart disease is largely preventable - 80% of risk factors are within your control to change! Know your numbers for waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Reduce your risk by:

  • exercising for at least 30 minutes a day
  • maintaining a healthy diet
  • watching your weight
  • getting regular checkups if possible
  • stopping smoking
  • managing stress
  • limiting alcohol intake

Visit Wear Red Canada for more information.