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Signs of a heart attack in women

Beautiful silent auction prior to the lunch. I bid on the Kendra Scott lot, but ultimately got outbid.

Yesterday I had the honor of being a guest of the American Heart Association at their annual “Go Red” luncheon in San Jose, California. It’s an amazing fundraising lunch which features education about heart disease, survivor speeches, and tear-jerking moments. Yes, I did well up with tears during one speech a survivor delivered.

Pretty table setting at the lunch.

A woman dies every 80 seconds from heart-related illnesses. Sadly, roughly 80% of those deaths are preventable. While men tend to have more text-book symptoms of a heart attack, women often think they are suffering from the flu, stress, acid reflux, or exhaustion. Therefore, it is so important for women to know and understand the symptoms of a heart attack.

Donation cards from the tables

The following symptoms are signs that a woman could be suffering from a heart attack. These are the symptoms, detailed on heart.org.

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest which lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both of your arms, back, neck, jaw or your stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is heart.org or discomfort. Some women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some additional common symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

If you ever feel any of these symptoms, don’t be afraid to call 9-1-1. Every second counts when you are having a heart attack, so calling 9-1-1 can significantly help your recovery if indeed you are suffering from a heart attack.

 

Please help spread the word to other women, so they too will know what to watch out for. Together, we can help increase awareness and reduce the annual deaths in women due to heart attacks. For more information, please visit heart.org

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

Laura Adney from Have Need Want and myself after the lunch. I won’ 49er tickets from the silent auction!

*Please excuse the photo quality, all pictures were taken with my iPhone.


National Wear Red Day | Go Red for Women

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pictured: sparkling dangle earrings / lipstick / red dress c/o Macy’s / handbag (old, also love this one) / black and silver watch / spring nail polish / black pumps

Happy National Wear Red Day! This is an incredible movement to help raise awareness in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Go Red for Women is a campaign by The American Heart Association, and it is sponsored by Macy’s. The campaign calls attention to the fact that cardiovascular disease is so prevalent among women; yet many don’t know it. A woman dies every 80 seconds from heart-related illnesses, yet 80 percent of those deaths are preventable. The American Heart Association’s mission is to reduce deaths, and disabilities, from cardiovascular diseases with education and research that benefits everyone.

I hope you will join me in the fight against heart disease and stroke by wearing red today, and hopefully purchasing a red dress awareness pin from a Macy’s store. The pins are shaped like a red dress, and cost only $3. They are sold in pairs, so for $3, you have a pin for yourself, and one for your BFF! Love that!

This dress I am wearing is also part of the Wear Red campaign and can be found online or at a Macy’s store. It’s a classic and fabulous dress which can be worn every year on National Wear Red Day as well as on Valentine’s Day; or anytime you want to wear a va-va-voom dress! Loving it!

Products benefiting The American Heart Association:

To learn more about The American Heart Association, please visit their website.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*sponsored by The American Heart Association and Macy’s. all thoughts and opinions are my own

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American Heart Association: National Walking Day

In our modern society, we drive to the bus stop, we drive to the train station, we drive to work, we drive to school-well, you get the picture  One hundred years ago, everyone walked everywhere. Nowadays, everyone drives, gets driven, or finds a passive way to travel from one place to another.

Humans were meant to walk. Our bodies need to walk; it helps us stay healthy and active. Walking also reduces the risk of heart disease and helps to maintain cardiovascular health. So, to remind ourselves and society how important it is to walk, ditch the vehicle and walk today!

The American Heart Association’s National Walking Day is a fabulous way to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, breath in some fresh air and get healthy. In honor of National Walking Day, everyone is encouraged to wear sneakers or walking shoes and leave the car keys at home. If you must drive, take a 30 minute walk today not only for yourself, but to help raise awareness about the importance of physical activity. Love this!

Tell your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors-everyone! Spread the word! Today is the day to wear sneakers and go outside for a fabulous walk! Now step away from the computer and/or mobile device and go outside and take a walk! 

To learn more about the importance of walking, National Walking Day and heart disease, please visit  StartWalkingNow.org