QUESTION: WHAT IS THE NUMBER 1 KILLER OF WOMEN?
ANSWER: HEART DISEASE
I never really give much thought to the health of my heart. That's the truth. I am a healthy diabetic and have never had any issue with my heart, thank goodness.
However, February is the time of year for the American Heart Association's GO RED campaign and I have been doing some research about it for this blog entry. That's when I learned that heart disease is the number one killer of women. This fact made me pause and think. It made me want to learn more - and concerned me a little. I assumed cancer was number one.
A more sobering fact is that heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year. Are you as surprised by this as I am? Maybe I'm ignorant - it seems like we only pay attention to the things in our own lives and since I have not had to deal with anything "heart" related, I don't think about it.
So what are the causes and risk factors?
Well first of all, heart disease affects women of all ages - you could be as young as 15 and have heart disease and for younger women, the combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent. Things like overeating and not being active can cause plaque to accumulate and lead to clogged arteries later in life. Even if you lead a healthy lifestyle, you could have been born with an underlying heart condition and that can be a risk factor as well.
Here's another scary fact: 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. WOW, sit up and take notice ladies. Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue. Look, the point is, if you experience this stuff - don't do what we women do and write it off and move on - talk to your doc.
Check out the American Heart Association's website and educate yourself about this. After all, what is more important than your life?
If you haven't done so already - wear RED to show your support this month!
Check back next week for the final February blog post!
Valentine's Day. That wonderful day filled with flowers and chocolate, hearts and dinners for two. So why am I not excited?
I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine's Day. It's only because I don't want to be told that I should do this or buy that or act this way or that way just because.
You know how much I love Christmas, yet I feel the same way about it sometimes. I love the idea of the holidays. I love the décor, the artistry, the idea of romance but that's it! It's not that I don't like romance, I love, love, romance. I just love it when I want to love it and not just because a day on the calendar dictates it.
That doesn't mean I want to take it way from you! I enjoy seeing you enjoy your day. It's just not for me. I don't want flowers, or a card or chocolates on Valentine's Day, I want flowers on other days or tomorrow or when I least expect it. AND I don't want you or I to stress over a day. I want to just let it pass. So to you I say - Happy Valentine's Day - enjoy it if you enjoy it.
Come back next week for the next part of this series!
For a short month, February sure has a lot going on!
For me, February means LOTS to do. There’s my son’s birthday, which was also Super Bowl Sunday. But that aside, it brought us snow and then more snow and it’s only the 7th! Check out this pic of my birdbath. It's a good way of seeing just how much snow we have. This is actually about 13-14 inches of snow! But hey, I don't let it get me down because February is sort of a turning point month. Spring is almost here, and we’re gaining daylight. We just have to get through February, and it’s a short month so it shouldn’t be so bad, right?
February is always such a busy month for me. It’s the time when I’m waiting for my tax documentation. I always do my taxes early and at this point, believe it or not, I already have all of my documentation back so I'll be taking care that soon.
It’s also time for Spring semester classes to start up and I am happy to say that I’m back in school, changed my major to Business and I’m deeply engrossed in Financial Managerial Accounting and Internet Communications – and loving it.
AH, my brain is on fire! (in a good way) If you know me, you know that I have to keep on learning. I like to always have new information going into my brain. It’s important.
Let’s not forget that the Olympics start up this week as well. I really enjoy the Olympics – I love the dedication, “the agony and defeat” and the discipline. What I don’t like is the negativity. So I’ll watch for the fun and not listen to all of the crap. Everyone is a critic.
This month is also the American Heart Association's GO RED month. Today, February 7th, we should all wear red in support of the cause. (more on this cause later in the series)
And let’s not forget that Valentine’s Day is this month which keeps lots of people busy buying flowers, chocolates, gifts and cards. (more on Valentine’s Day in next week’s blog)
So for a short little month, February has lots going on. I’ll touch on little February’s big things all month in this blog series.
Check back next Thursday for my take on Valentine's Day!
It's me, just trying to get by.