Published: Fri, February 03, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Health Officials Urge Hoosiers To Put Their Heart Health First

Health Officials Urge Hoosiers To Put Their Heart Health First

To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Van Wert County General Health District is participating in American Heart Month.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. "That's especially true in IN, where adult men have more than double the risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease as women".

Anyone interested in learning more about Trumbull Community Women is welcome to join the meeting, which is always held on the first Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the main library, 33 Quality St.

National Wear Red Day® is Friday, February 3. More women die of heart disease each year than all forms of cancer combined.

People should begin heart health screenings in their 20s, with those tests including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index. Many women may not experience direct chest pain, but rather chest discomfort, which includes the feeling of pressure, squeezing or fullness.

Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

"If you can keep all those numbers in a normal range, your chances of getting heart disease are very, very low", says the Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Steve Nissen.

According to Deborah Travers, the town's director of family health, adopting a healthy diet and controlling disease risk factors like high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are valuable tools to fight heart disease. The Know Your Risk tab is the center of understanding the ins and outs of heart disease.

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