On the 10th Anniversary of the American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day, prevention and knowledge are taking center stage.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Erie County and throughout the nation. More men suffer from cardiovascular disease, but more women die from it.
According to Dr. Jay Patel, cardiologist at Saint Vincent Hospital, women's symptoms are often less subtle than men's. Women are more likely to brush off the symptoms, not realizing they could be having a heart attack. Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, not feeling right, shoulder pain or pain between shoulder blades, lack of energy, sweating shortness of breath, neck and jaw pain are typical symptoms. It's also important to know your family history and risk factors to prevent heart disease.
Also on National Wear Red Day, people in Erie County are making a difference by working to raise awareness throughout the area. County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper joined the folks from the Health Department and American Heart Association Friday morning. Dahlkemper officially proclaimed February 7th as Go Red for Women Day to promote heart health. One in three women die of heart disease each year -- that's one woman every minute. Erie County Health Department employees also raised money for the American Heart Association, and most of the funds will stay here in Erie.