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Heart attack symptoms in women are often different from men
“I wasn’t short of breath; I wasn’t bent over with chest pains,” said Dana Jones, a Novant Health heart attack patient. “Nothing but my arm hurt. I would have never thought I was having a heart attack.”
"Go Red for Women is about having women take steps to make a change, even if it’s a small change. If necessary lifestyle changes are implemented, 80% of cardiac events can be prevented," said Sarah Fedele, director of communications and marketing for the American Heart Association’s Triad region.
To prevent early heart disease, follow these steps:
- Eat healthy and get active.
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Drink in moderation if you drink alcohol.
- Take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes.
- Manage stress.