Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) includes heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. It’s the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability. Please watch the video and become familiar with the warning signs and how to avoid CVD.

Heed the Warnings

Heart Attack:

  • Most heart attacks start with mild pain or discomfort, causing sufferers to wait too long before getting help.
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw

Stroke:

  • Remember F.A.S.T:
    • Face drooping
    • Arm weakness
    • Speech difficulty
    • Time to call 911
  • Stroke can also be the cause of sudden:
    • numbness or weakness of the leg
    • confusion or trouble understanding
    • trouble seeing in one or both eyes

How to Fight CVD

  • Get a checkup at least once per year, even if you feel healthy.
  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Get your cholesterol checked.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or another condition, take your medicine.