By Kristen Long, BSN, RN, Manager, Clinical Support
The heart is an AMAZING machine. Each minute, this muscle pumps 1.5 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of heart vessels! To keep this important organ functioning, we need to understand the risk factors for heart disease and the warning signs of a heart attack.
You’ve no doubt heard about the wide range of symptoms that may signal a heart attack, including:
While heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, a heart attack can present differently in a woman than a man. For example, with women:
Since symptoms may be less severe in women than men, the recognition and treatment may come too late! Women over age 55 are particularly susceptible, and a woman is more likely to die from the heart attack than a man. Do what you can now to lessen your chance of a heart attack. Heart attack risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, being overweight, smoking, high cholesterol, and a family history of heart disease.
VMS Clinical Educators provide these tips:
Celebrating life means becoming educated and taking care of ourselves, our family, and our work colleagues.
American Heart Association
On New Year’s Eve, the wife of a co-worker at VMS BioMarketing passed away suddenly from a heart attack. In honor of his wife, Dennis Wright asked us to help raise awareness about heart disease in women.