February is
Heart Month

Call 9-1-1

Women are hesitant to call 9-1-1, but the American Heart Association says it’s best to call EMS — even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack. Patients who arrive by ambulance typically receive faster treatment at the hospital.More

Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States?

Know your risks. Talk to your doctor about heart disease prevention.

Lack of awareness adds to problems

Wanda Tswago, a trained medical technologist, is a 44-year-old proud mother of two. And a heart attack survivor.

Even though her sister had her first heart attack at age 40, another at 42 and a fatal one at age 45, Tswago still didn’t see it coming. Her major health fear was acquiring breast cancer — not heart disease. More

Lifestyle changes can reduce risks

Like many women, Mildred Rodriguez, 65, did not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. Nor did she know she was at risk.

She did not know that her mother’s heart attack at the age of 62 or her fluctuating blood pressure put her directly in the line of fire. More

Congestive heart failure in women

Hear that rhythmic thump? Every beat of your heart pumps blood to cells throughout the body, delivering oxygen from the air you breathe and nutrients from the foods you eat.

Congestive heart failure prevents the heart from filling with enough blood, or pumping blood forcefully enough, to meet the needs of the body. More