'Go Red for Women': Cardiologist gives heart health tips
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. The "Go Red for Women" event is aiming to end cardiovascular disease and stroke for women.
Dr. Ankie Amos joined Daybreak on Tuesday to discuss the disease and describe ways women can prevent it.
"Almost 80 percent of heart disease and stroke are preventable," said Amos.
Every woman should be aware of for their heart health: Cholesterol, blood sugar, body mall index (BMI) and blood pressure.
Dr. Amos said it's important to know where your heart health stands:
"So normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80. And it's exponential risk the higher that is. So 140 over 80 doesn't sound like it's that bad, but you're actually almost doubling your risk of heart disease with that little increment. Total cholesterol, keeping that number as low as you can go, you can live longer. And body mass index is a big one that i would like to highlight. I think our whole paradigm in America, there's an obesity epidemic and we don't even know anymore what looks normal. You can download calculators for what your normal body mass index is. Normal is less than 25. Anything above that you get obese and morbid obesity especially highlighted in Alaska,"
Amos went on to describe the signs of a heart attack:
"Classic heart attack symptom is always chest pain for men and women, and it usually feels like a pressure, squeezing. Some women say their bra feels too tight. That pain can radiate into the jaw, the arm, classic symptoms. I would like to highlight a lot of women have atypical symptoms that they stay home with, creating a much bigger heart attack than it needs to be."
There is a Go Red for Women conference on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 a.m. for a red tie breakfast.
You can find more details about the event and the movement by going to anchoragegoredluncheon.heart.org.
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