Supporting Our Cleveland Community One Heart at a Time
Recently, some members of SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast attended the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Event. It is so important for us to connect with others in our community. The month of March is designated to celebrate and recognize all women, which includes advocating for their mental and physical health. Did you know that the number one cause of death for women is heart disease and stroke?
Women can develop heart disease, which refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart, blood vessels, and circulation. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in many countries, including the United States.
Some common types of heart disease that can affect women include:
Coronary artery disease: This occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrow or blocked, reducing blood flow to the heart muscle. This can lead to chest pain or discomfort (angina), heart attack, or even sudden cardiac arrest.
Heart failure: This occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood effectively, leading to fatigue, shortness of breath, and other symptoms.
Arrhythmias: These are abnormal heart rhythms that can cause palpitations, dizziness, or fainting.
Valvular heart disease: This occurs when the valves in the heart do not function properly, leading to symptoms such as shortness of breath or swelling in the legs.
Women may experience different symptoms of heart disease compared to men. For example, women may experience more subtle symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, or back pain. Women may also be more likely to have a heart attack without experiencing chest pain.
To reduce the risk of heart disease, women should adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, not smoking, and managing stress. Women with a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes should also talk to their Pepper Pike healthcare provider about their risk and how to manage it.