There wasn’t a University of Louisville basketball game on February 6, but Bachman Chevrolet was a sea of red. From red dresses and shirts, to red cars on the showroom floor, red abounded this day in support of the American Heart Association’s National Go Red for Women campaign.
Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women every year. National Wear Red Day helps raise awareness of the disease and the severity of its impact. Because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, it is imperative to be familiar with the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which include:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
For men, the most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort, the same as it is for women. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. In order to help control your risk for heart disease, The American Heart Association recommends “Life’s Simple 7,” or seven basic steps to reach optimal heart health which include being more active, lowering cholesterol, eating fiber-rich, whole grain food, managing blood pressure, losing weight, reducing blood sugar and quitting smoking.
By following these suggestions and promoting heart health by Going Red, the barriers can be broken against heart disease and stroke by showing support, which increases funding, education and awareness. Bachman Auto Group has shown its support annually for several years by participating in the Go Red For Women campaign.
There are 10 Ways to Go Red this February and support a healthy heart lifestyle, while bringing more awareness to your community. Bachman is proud to support the American Heart Association in its efforts to raise awareness, educate our communities and end this deadly foe altogether. If you would like to donate to this cause and help treat heart disease and stroke in women, follow this link and make a positive change in heart health today.