The Macon County Public Health Center encourages women to take charge of their health by knowing their heart disease risk and being aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for women in North Carolina. According to the N.C. State Center for Health Statistics, heart disease takes the life of more than 8,000 North Carolina women each year.
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, North Carolina ranks 18th highest in the nation for heart disease deaths and is considered to be the 6th worst state for its stroke mortality rate.
“Many women’s lives are cut short because they don’t know their risk for a heart attack or stroke,” North Carolina State Health Director Jeff Engel said. “February is American Heart Month, so that gives us a great opportunity to increase awareness and help women in our state live longer, healthier lives.”
The Macon County Public Health Center encourages you to learn the symptoms of a heart attack and call 9-1-1 if you experience any of the warning signs:
• Chest discomfort- pressure, squeezing, fullness, burning or pain.
Common symptoms experienced by women:
• Pain or discomfort- in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
• Shortness of breath- with or without chest discomfort
• Other symptoms- cold sweat, nausea/vomiting or lightheadedness.