Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 01, 2013 @ 7:58PM
Created on February 01, 2013 @ 5:43PM
February 1st kicks off the start of American Heart Month, and hospitals all over the area are hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease. That's why they took part in National Go Red Day on Friday at UHC.
Nurses were out giving people tips on heart health and ways to eat healthier. They're hoping that spreading the word will help save people's lives.
Heart disease kills almost a half a million women a year. The biggest problem is that many women don't know the signs of heart disease, and find out they have it too late.
The difference between women and men is that men often have chest pains or pressure to warn them of heart disease. Women, on the other hand, have different warning signs.
They're likely to have shortness of breath or back and shoulder pain.
By letting people know what these symptoms are, they're hoping more women and men stay healthy longer.
"Heart disease is the number1 killer for women. Women think breast cancer is the number1 killer, but actually 1 in 30 die from breast cancer where 1 in 3 die from heart disease. Heart disease is also an issue because women don't typically have heart symptoms like men," said Rhonda Perkey, a nurse in the cardiac rehab department at UHC.
The nurses also showed people some of the foods to avoid so you have less of a risk of heart disease. Those foods? Breads, cold cuts, pizza, poultry, soup, and fast food sandwiches.
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