Heart Disease Facts:
• Heart disease is the number one killer of women.
• More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next four causes of death combined.
• More women than men die of heart disease each year.
• More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks- five times the number of women who die of breast cancer
• An estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but far too many are unaware of the threat they face.
• 80% of cardiac events in women could be prevented through diet, exercise and not smoking.

Heart Attack
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot. If this clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die.

Heart Attack Warning Signs:
• Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It 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.
• Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you have any of these signs, get to a hospital right away!

Seminar Details:

Women & Heart Disease
Free Seminar
Thursday, February 9
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Metro Health Conference Center next to the hospital
Register at (616) 252-7117 or

Blood Pressure Screening
Metro Health also provides Free blood pressure screenings on the first Friday of every month from 10 a.m. - noon in the main lobby of the hospital. Since tomorrow, February 3rd is Go Red for Women Day, that screening will be extended to 2 p.m.

Live Healthy Events
Be sure to check out for a complete listing of classes and special events to keep you healthy during Heart Month and all year long!

Courtesy: Metro Health