Friday, May 28, 2010

Heart Health ~ Carol for Heart

CAROL For Heart, Inc. was founded in 2003 to eradicate women's heart disease through increased awareness and education to women and those in the medical community. Please join us as we fundraise, share information, websites and services to raise awareness and educate ourselves, our sisters, our daughters and our loved ones.

If you're a woman, know your risk, talk to your doctor and be proactive.

The Warning Signs: If you or someone you are with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs listed below, don't wait longer than 5 minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1!

1. Chest Discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

2. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

3. Shortness of breath. This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort. But it can occur before the chest discomfort.

4. Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

The above came from the Fact Sheet/Question & Answer; Go Red for Women Awareness Campaign February 2004- American Heart Association as well as the American Heart Association Southeastern Chapter.

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