Hello members and welcome to March!
We are very much looking forward to the HR Conference this month and have a lot planned for you! Special thanks to Rhonda May and her committee team members who have worked tirelessly to line up presenters, caterers, and vendors to give us the best HR-related conference of the year!
Last month we talked about taking care of ourselves, and this month I want to talk about something everyone has in common…their heart. I recently attended a Go Red for Women event and was dismayed by some of the stories I heard.
Many women take their hearts for granted and assume they are ticking away just fine without giving it another thought. Be sure you and the women in your life know the signs of stroke and heart attack, and the difference between the symptoms that show in men versus those that show in women. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US, but many times women believe the symptoms they are experiencing are the result of less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu, or just “getting old”. Women often times struggle to put themselves first and instead focus on taking care of those around them. So, review the list below, share it with your loved ones and make sure we’re looking out for one another.
Signs of stroke or heart attack in women:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It might last more than a few minutes, or go away and return
- 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 lightheadedness
- A common symptom is chest pain or discomfort, but women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain