Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and the American Heart Association tells us that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented with education and action. So, we are taking action to try to increase awareness of heart health in women.
On Friday February 2, Equiscript will be participating in the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. Heart health is important to us because:
- Many of the patients we serve are affected by heart disease. We want to take great care of them, and we know that home delivery of medications can help many patients on maintenance medications for heart health stay healthier by taking their medications regularly.
- Supporting cardiac health and education is aligned with our Cause to improve access to healthcare in the communities we serve.
- Our employees and clients are passionate about health, and we want to do things that support them.
- Heart disease has touched my family, as it has many Equiscript families. One employee’s family was affected by a heart event as recently as last week.
Supporting women’s cardiovascular health is an easy choice to make. For Equiscript, it’s personal, and it’s about taking the best care possible of our patients, employees, clients, and families.
The American Heart Association recommends the following steps:
G: GET YOUR NUMBERS Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy It’s up
to you. No one can do it for you.
R: RAISE YOUR VOICE Advocate for more women-related research and education.
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach
kids the importance of staying active.
D: DONATE Show your support with a donation of time and money
Heart Attack Signs in Women
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It 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, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But 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.
If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
Source: American Heart Association