GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Heart and vascular disease is the number one killer of women. More than 15,000 women die from heart and vascular disease each year in Michigan and more than 450,000 die each year nationally. Even more concerning is that women at younger and younger ages are being affected by heart disease.
Women need to know their risk factors for heart disease, which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes, smoking, vascular disease, obesity and sedentary lifestyle.
Dr. Helayne Sherman of Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute , shares the following warning signs women should watch for. Noticeable symptoms for women may include:
- Chest discomfort, pressure, aching, tightness or pain
- Pain spreading to the jaw, neck, shoulder or arm
- Discomfort or pain between the shoulder blades
- Indigestion or gas-like pain or heartburn
- Nausea or upset stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained weakness or fatigue
- Sense of impending doom
In conjunction with American Heart Month, Spectrum Health is hosting a free heart health event coming up.
"Heart to Heart - One Generation to Another"
February 18 from 6-8pm
Frederik Meijer Gardens - Grand Rapids
This event is perfect for mothers, daughters and sisters. Attendees can hear patient stories, get to the heart of their family health history, learn about eating wisely and getting active.
This is a free event, but you must register ahead of time online or call 616.267.2626, option 4.
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