Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 08:00 AM
We know that February is all about hearts. But February also is American Heart Month.
It is a reminder to pay a little more attention to the old ticker to ensure that it keeps on ticking. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and sharing ways to prevent it. Educate yourself and get on track to better heart health. Even in the shortest month of the year there is time to do a lot to improve the critically important muscle that keeps us alive.
It’s a common misconception that heart disease is a “man’s” disease. Heart disease affects more than 6 million American women, and another 37 million women are at risk for developing heart disease. It is the number one killer of women and is responsible for one in three deaths in women annually.
Diagnosing a heart attack in women is more difficult than men. Women frequently report milder symptoms like shortness of breath, unusual fatigue and mild chest discomfort. Although chest pain or pressure is the most common symptom of a heart attack, sufferers may experience a diversity of symptoms.
If you have not taken the best care of your heart, help is nearby. Marshall Medical Centers has three cardiologists on staff to get you on the fast track to heart health. Visit our website at mmcenters.com to find a list of physicians. Your heart will thank you. So will your loved ones.
Did you know that your heart health even affects wound healing? Heart health is critical to wound healing because problems with the heart and vessels obstruct blood flow, oxygen and nutrition to a wound. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic bedsores or wounds aggravated by diabetes.
If you are one of many people who have a wound that hasn’t healed in 30 days, call Marshall Wound Healing Center to find out about their many treatment options for non-healing wounds.
Rose Myers is a journalist working in Marshall Medical Centers’ marketing department.