EMMC to Hold Annual Wear Red Day Event

02/23/2015

(Bangor, Maine) – According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills approximately one woman in the United States every minute. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the country. This is a staggering statistic that can change with community education.

On the first Friday of every February, Eastern Maine Medical Center recognizes Wear Red Day, a national initiative to raise awareness of heart disease in women. To help educate patients, visitors, and staff members, the EMMC Heart Care team will distribute healthy heart information from 11 am to 1 pm Friday, February 6, in EMMC’s cafeteria. EMMC is also encouraging community members and staff to help raise awareness about heart disease this Friday by wearing red.

“The symptoms of heart disease are different for women than for men, and because of that, it can go undetected,” says Deborah Richards, RN, BS, administrator for EMMC Heart Care. “Knowing these symptoms could save the life of a loved one.”

The symptoms of women’s heart disease include:

  • Chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea.
  • Light-headedness or sudden dizziness.
  • Unusual upper body pain, or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw or upper part of the stomach.
  • Unusual fatigue.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat.

If you display any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.