Did you know that heart disease and stroke are the greatest health threats women face? Bet you thought it was breast cancer – another significant issue. Did you know that heart attack symptoms in women can be different from those in men? That’s why even some doctors miss the early indications. According to the American Heart Association:
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. Someone dramatically gasps, clutches her heart and drops to the ground. No one has any doubts about what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
* Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
* Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
* Shortness of breath. This feeling may occur with or without chest discomfort.
* Other signs of discomfort. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
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The American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) is sponsoring MCC’s participation the American Heart Association’s “GO RED FOR WOMEN” day on Friday, February 2. There will be photo shoots at noon on Friday in the Flynn Campus Center atrium, on the 5th floor at Damon City Campus and at PSTF (check with Margie Scahill for location).
The AAWCC Community Service Committee members want to thank you in advance for your support to encourage women to take charge of their heart health. We look forward to seeing you “GO RED in Your Own Fashion” on Friday, February 2.
Donations are now being accepted and we need your support to reach our 2007 goal of $700. Please don’t delay another day. You can write a check payable to AAWCC and forward it to Peggy Van Kirk (3-150A) x3441 or visit one of the volunteers listed below to make a generous donation:
Mary Hallett (3-150) x3429 – Instructional Technology Services
Jennifer Kinslow (1-221B) x2297 – Counseling and Advising Center
Charlotte Downing (1-311B) x2188 – Academic Services
Yulanda McKinney (5-541) x3388 – English/Philosophy
Elena Dilai (8-546) x2973 – Mathematics
Denee J. Martin (6-209F) x3126 – Visual and Performing Arts
Diane Clements (8-646) x3312 – Office and Computer Programs
Damon City Campus:
Julie Damerell (4-199) 262-1737 – Transitional Studies
Teresa Schichler (5-018) x1437 – Workforce Development
Vilma Morrow (5-229) x 1746 – Student Services Center
Applied Technologies Center:
Kristy Mooney-Graves (23-158) x3735 – Applied Technologies
Public Safety Training:
Margie Scahill (1190 Scottsville Rd.) 753-3707 – Public Safety Training Center
Anne J. Perry
AAWCC Publicity Chair