Wednesday, April 1, 2009

For women's heart health, knowledge is power

While breast cancer gets plenty of attention, more women die of heart attacks. The fact is more than 500,000 women die from cardiovascular disease each year, according to the American Heart Association. That is about twice as many than from all types of cancer. One in 2.5 women will die of cardiovascular disease every year compared with one in every 30 women dying from breast cancer.

Women, and the people who love them, must be proactive in knowing their risk factors in keeping their hearts healthy. For example, women's symptoms for a heart attack are often different from those suffered by men. Some women may not have chest pain when having a heart attack but may have difficulty breathing and/or unusual and unexplained fatigue.

For more information about cardiovascular disease, consider attending a LifeBridge Health Women's Heart Screening on Tuesday, June 16, at the Woodlawn Community Center at 9 a.m. For just $10, you will receive a blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, glucose testing, body composition analysis, heart health risk assessment based upon results, and brief counseling with a registered nurse. A cardiologist will review results with certain risk factors.

Click here for more information or to sign up today.
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