(WIAT) — It’s National Wear Red Day! It is a part of the American Heart Association’s attempt to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women.
Heart disease is the number one killer in women and disease rates in younger women are increasing. Risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes increases the risk of the disease.
The American Heart Association warns that symptoms for heart disease can be different for women. Instead of a typical crushing chest pain, there can be shortness of breath, jaw pain, nausea, vomiting, even back pain. Health experts says it is critical to know your risk factors.
Dr.Suzanne Steinbaum, of Mt. Sinai Hospital, explained, “A woman’s entire life is really what increases her risk so we can go back to pregnancy and see preeclampsia or high blood pressure, or gestational diabetes or even high sugars.”
More than 400,000 women die from cardiovascular diseases each year. That is more than the deaths from cancer, accidents and diabetes in women combined.