National WEAR RED day! Go Red for Women

MarkRothko OrangeRedOrange GalerieMelkiOrange Red Orange by Mark Rothko / Image: Galerie-Mikel.fr

I normally feature an artist today, BUT since this is a pretty important subject, I think Mark Rothko’s “Orange Red Orange” ties in quite nicely with the WEAR RED FOR WOMEN theme, don’t you? I love his work!

Today is National Wear Red day to help raise awareness of heart disease in women. Did you know that heart disease was the #1 killer of women? Do you know the signs? There’s a great little video, reminds me of the show Modern Family in a way… it’s funny, but so true at the same time, shows you the signs of “Just a Little Heart Attack“! Symptoms in women are different than they are in men, so it’s worth knowing what to do!

Here’s a blip from the GOREDFORWOMEN.ORG website:

Symptoms of a 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.

What to do during a heart attack

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.

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All too often we don’t want to “bother” emergency folks with our aches and pains, but time is of the essence… you have a good outcome you have got to react quickly. So read up on it, be aware, and if you’re body is telling you something is wrong… listen!

Remember, if you have symptoms CALL 9-1-1 FIRST. Then if they tell you to take an aspirin, do so, it can be of great benefit (if no aspirin allergy, etc.), they will tell you whether or not to take one. I’ve heard from Dr. Oz that you should CHEW it so it gets into your bloodstream quickly. Also, unlock your door (after you call 9-1-1)… so they can get in to help you!

If you see someone having a heart attack and they need CPR, this is a great little blip from the goredforwomen.org website:

Research shows that Hands-Only CPR (without mouth-to-mouth breaths) performed by a bystander is just as effective in the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest in an out-of-hospital setting. Here’s how to do it.

“Stayin’ Alive” in two easy steps

No matter where you are, if you witness a teen or an adult suddenly collapse, you need to act fast – a delay of just a few minutes could be the difference between life and death. So check out this video from The American Heart Association, and remember these two easy steps:

  1. Call 9-1-1, or have someone else call immediately
  2. Push down hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ disco hit “Stayin’ Alive”

Hopefully, you’ll never have to use Hands-Only CPR, but in the event of an emergency, your preparedness could save a life. Learn more about Hands-Only CPR and read these true survivor stories for inspiration.

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Oh! Wear red today if you can, spread the word!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

 

2 thoughts on “National WEAR RED day! Go Red for Women

  1. Ann Byers

    Thanks. These are good things to know. By the way, I just found out from my doctor that I am CANCER FREE. No more chemo at least for now. Ann

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