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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkHealth & Beauty | February 2008 

Heart Disease #1 Killer of American Women
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Heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 years, the 2nd leading cause of death among women aged 45-64 years, and the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older.
 
My girlfriend dropped dead last week. Keeled over in the kitchen on a Wednesday afternoon. She had three small children and a devoted husband. She was 37 years old.

Heart disease is the number one killer of American Women. One in three women get heart disease.

How the hell did this happen? When did heart disease start killing so many women? YOUNG women! I thought we were supposed to be worried about breast cancer not heart attacks.

According to the American Heart Association An estimated 240,000 women die annually of heart disease, five times the number who die of breast cancer.

I feel blindsided, how did I not know this? These figures are APPALLING.

Heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 years, the 2nd leading cause of death among women aged 45-64 years, and the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. - ScienceDaily Jan. 11, 2008.

Wasn't this an old person's disease? A man's disease? Why are so many of our mothers and sisters, our daughters and girlfriends dying? When did our hearts start attacking us?

The Director of Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic in Rochester was surprised when she discovered the high percentage of women - 57% - who said they suffered depression, anxiety or both as a result of heart disease. That insight may help explain why only 14% of women made lifestyle changes following a heart attack. If you're depressed, you're unlikely to be able to make the lifestyle changes that you need to prevent another heart attack.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess that stress has a big role to play in all of these statistics. Authorities now believe that 90% of all illness is stress related. How often do we get our hearts broken and, not knowing what else to do, suppress the pain of it into our body until it kills us?

We need to start addressing this problem NOW!

Len, of blu by Len Salon o the south side of Puerto Vallarta, is throwing a heart health awareness event on February 15th at 1 pm. Dress in red and come on down, we all need to know about this disease. How to prevent it, and how to support people after they have had a heart attack so they don't have another one.

Heart disease kills half a million American women each year. That figure exceeds the next seven causes of death combined. Moreover, women are 15% more likely than men to die of a heart attack. And they are twice as likely to have a second heart attack in the six years following the first.

Know the Signs and Symptoms

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense; however, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Shortness of breath: May occur with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

I'll be at Blu the day after Valentine's, with a video crew to keep you up to date on what the story is. Turn up if you possibly can, he'll have brought back important information from New York, we need to know more about what is killing our women.

Rest in peace Kathryn, the world is a greyer place without you in it.
JOY! Is an internationally acclaimed life transformation coach, famous for her unreasonable success in helping people move through their challenges with her unorthodox approach and emPOWERment tools. For more information, visit her website ExperienceJoy.com or call 044-322-129-1128.

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