Go Red for Women: Maria’s Story
Last year, the Philly311 team supported the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign by holding a “Go Red” contest on National Wear Red Day and sharing personal struggles with heart disease through social media.
With the 10th anniversary of National Wear Red Day approaching, Philly311 wanted to show the same support to the campaign by raising awareness for women’s heart disease. Thankfully, Philly311’s Maria Gans was willing to share her powerful story of how heart disease has affected her family and changed her life.
My grandmother and both of my parents suffered from heart disease. My father died in the hospital from heart complications. Two years later, my mother and grandmother died from heart attacks on the same day . It was hard.
You never really know. You could think that you’re healthy but one day you could wake up in a hospital– or not wake up at all– because of a problem you can’t see on the outside. You need to eat healthy. You need to stay fit. You need to visit the doctors regularly because you never know what you’re missing.
Heart disease is the leading killer in women. It causes the death of one in three women each year (approximately one woman every minute).
An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases and, since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
Because many women are unsuspecting of their risk, it’s important to know the symptoms of a heart attack:
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
(Synonyms from Go Red for Women )
Help raise awareness for women’s heart disease by wearing red on February 7, 2014.