Think about your heart in February

Heart of mittens in snow. Red knitted gloves in winter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) February events often center on romantic Valentine’s Day, but there’s another type of heart that women especially should focus on.

February is American Heart Month, a time of important efforts to raise awareness of the number one killer of women: heart disease. That’s the goal of Go Red for Women.

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s desire to educate women about heart disease. Most women don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late, which is why heart disease has been called the silent killer. It kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

The best way to stay healthy and reduce your risk is by having regular Well Woman Visits. See your doctor once a year to learn your numbers, such as cholesterol, blood pressure, A1C, and more.

Holly Hollstein
Holly Hollstein and family

A heart attack didn’t seem likely for Holly Hollstein five years ago, when she was 30. She was at the hospital visiting a friend when she started having chest and back pain, numbness in both arms, and feeling lightheaded. She was brought into the ER and found out she was having a heart attack. She had to have stents put in. Her condition made pregnancy high risk, but she and her husband recently expanded their family with the adoption of a little boy.

Symptoms of heart attack are different for men and women. Visit www.heart.org to learn what the symptoms are.

Go Red for Women has several events planned for American Heart Month:

Go Red for Women Luncheon
Tuesday, February 4 – 10 a.m.
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo

National Wear Red Day
Friday, February 5

Go Red for Women Luncheon
Friday, February 26 – 10 a.m.
JW Marriott, Grand Rapids

Online:

American Heart Association

Go Red for Women – Grand Rapids

Facebook: American Heart Association – West Michigan

#AHAWestMI

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