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National Wear Red Day is an annual event held each first Friday of February, dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease in women. It's the leading cause of death among women in the U.S. That's why it's crucial for women to take charge and be proactive in their heart health.
Women with heart disease more often have delayed or missed misdiagnoses biases, insufficient research, and symptoms and risk factors that are different than men.
"There are risk factors for cardiovascular disease that are unique to women, are more prominent in women or manifest differently in women compared to men. One specifically unique to women is giving childbirth. Think of it as the first cardiac stress test, and when a woman 'fails' it by developing high blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy, it signals she is at increased risk of future heart problems."
Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, Mayo Clinic cardiologist and founder of the Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic.
Women may also experience heart attacks differently from men. While the most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain, women compared to men more often experience other symptoms, including fatigue, nausea and shortness of breath.
While you can't change genetics, you can change some of your behaviors and help reduce your risks of heart disease and improve your heart health.
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