10 Years of Preventing Heart Disease

10 Years of Preventing Heart Disease


Happy Birthday, Heart Truth! I’m so happy to be here to celebrate your 10th anniversary. OWH’s mission is to improve the health of girls and women across the lifespan. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. We thought it really important to partner up with our sister agency over at NHLBI. We support The Heart Truth Champions training across the United States. This is a one-day training with representatives from various communities who want to get the word out to other women– to their friends, to their neighbors. Women who are our champions learn about all the causes of heart disease so they can share it with other women. OWH has created The Heart Truth professional education campaign, which supports Heart Truth. We decided to develop training modules for professionals, like doctors and nurses. There are several slide sets that can be used to train doctors at grand rounds, for example, in a hospital, or nurses in nursing school. We have a Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat. campaign, which has been designed to educate women about the symptoms of a heart attack and to empower them to call 911 if they experience any one of these symptoms. You only have to have one of these symptoms to be having a heart attack. The most common one is chest pain, but men are more likely to have chest pain than women as their sign. Women are more likely to have the second symptom, which is any pain in their upper body. Pain in your neck or jaw; pain in your wrist; it can be pain in your back, and it’s a symptom of a heart attack. The third common one is shortness of breath. It’s unusual; in other words, it’s not like you’ve been running a marathon and you’re short of breath. This is unusual shortness of breath that’s not explained. Another one is cold sweats, sweating profusely but being at normal temperature. Men are more likely to get this than women. One of the common symptoms for women is unusual fatigue, fatigue for a couple of days with no explanation. If the word comes to you, “I never felt this way before,” you may be having a heart attack. Another symptom is dizziness. You may also feel [ this ] if you’re having a stroke, but it can also mean you’re having a heart attack. Nausea, throwing up, vomiting, with no explanation: any one of these can be reason for a heart attack. If women know the seven symptoms of a heart attack, they will be more likely and be empowered to call 911, which will save their life. I want to thank The Heart Truth campaign, We’re so happy to have been working with you, and here’s for another 10 years of preventing heart disease in women.