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Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Start by taking care of yourself and reducing YOUR own risk by living heart healthy.

A great way to start is by learning the symptoms of a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, the following can serve as common symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes
  • Pain in the chest that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

Women often experience less common symptoms, such as:

  • Atypical chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
  • Heart palpitations, cold sweat or paleness

***If you experience any of these symptoms, please call 9-1-1.

In the United States, it is estimated that close to 550,000 people die each year from coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the most common type of heart disease and is the leading cause of death in the United States. St. David’s Medical Center is spreading awareness about heart disease prevention and maintenance. Please join us this month and throughout the year at the following free offerings:

  • Heart Disease Management Class “Living Well with Heart Disease” – February 21, 9:00am–noon at St. David’s Medical Center, Medical Office Building (3000 North IH-35, 5th floor, classroom D). Validated parking in Garage #2. This class is held monthly on the third Thursday of every month. To reserve a space, please call 512-544-2663.
  • Monthly Cardiac Support Group Meetings – February 18, 6:00pm–7:00pm at St. David’s Medical Center, Medical Office Building (3000 N. IH-35, 5th floor, classrooms). Validated parking in Garage #2. This class is held monthly on the third Tuesday of every month. To reserve a space, please call 512-544-4263.

St. David’s Medical Center is also proud to offer a Fit Heart Consultation for $130.00. This is a comprehensive screening and consultation designed to educate individuals on heart disease prevention. The consultation is intended for those with positive cardiac risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. The consultation provides personalized guidance for lifestyle modifications, and participants will receive an individualized, goal-oriented exercise program. For more information, please call 512-544-4263.

Take care of your heart in February and throughout 2013!

-Laura Raymond, RN, BS, FAACVPR

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