Tag: women and heart disease

The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

Read More

Heart Attacks and Women: Recognizing the Symptoms

Heart Attacks and Women: Recognizing the Symptoms

Signs of a heart attack may not be as obvious as television shows and movies suggest. There may be no clutching of the chest, no debilitating pain. And that is especially true for women, who are more likely than men to have subtle symptoms, including:

Shortness of breath
Nausea
Vomiting
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Fainting

Read More

National Wear Red Day Promoted by Elizabeth Banks Film

Hopefully you have your favorite red clothes on today in honor of “National Wear Red Day.” It’s the American Heart Association’s annual effort to remind women of their risk of heart disease.
One person wearing red today is actress Elizabeth Banks (really she is, check out her Twitter here). A film starring and directed by her

Read More

Women and Heart Disease Awareness Critical

Cardiac surgeon Jennifer Lawton, MD, wears the red pin you see on the left every day as a symbol of heart disease’s effect on women.
If you ask the average woman what her greatest health risk is, the majority say breast cancer. The thing is, heart disease is far and away the number one killer

Read More