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Lainey Bartolovich, Staff Writer

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The junior nursing students planned and organized the Go Red for Women awareness day at John Marshall High School. Students sold red t-shirts and hung informative posters throughout the school to bring attention to heart disease, the number one killer of women in America.

Monarchs have been focusing on GO RED:

  • G – Get Your Numbers
  • O – Own Your Lifestyle
  • R – Raise Your Voice
  • E – Educate Your Family
  • D – Donate

Nationally, Go Red Day is held on the first Friday in February which is American Heart Month.  This year,  the awareness campaign fell on February 3rd and marks the fifteenth year the American Heart Association (AHA) has focused on focusing attention on women’s heart health.

In those fifteen years, the AHA claims the following victories:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, which is why it is important that women learn the warning signs and symptoms, see a doctor regularly, and learn their family history.

Symptoms of Heart Attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that 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, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Do not wait to call for help. Dial 9-1-1, make sure to follow the operator’s instructions and get to a hospital right away.
  • Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice.
  • Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders.

While some risk factors are hereditary and not controllable, you can take seven simple steps to help prevent heart disease:

  • Manage blood pressure
  • Control Cholesterol
  • Reduce Blood Sugar
  • Get Active
  • Eat Better
  • Lose Weight
  • Stop Smoking

More information can be found at www.goredforwomen.org or at www.heart.org

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Lainey Bartolovich, Staff Writer

Lainey is a junior and a member of the Pride yearbook staff.

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