By Michelle Ferrera
February is the month of love and hearts, and this February I am suggesting that we ‘ love ourselves first’! A woman’s heart is different than a man’s and new research continues to prove that cardiovascular disease for women is not the same as for a man. Here in Canada we have the ‘Red dress Campaign’ as a part of the Heart Truth awareness movement on women’s heart disease. The Canadian stats: -one in four women have heart disease -one in 8 women between 45-64 have heart disease -Heart disease kills more women over age 65 than all cancers combined -more women than men die from heart disease -symptoms of heart disease and attacks in women are different than a man-and women often put off taking care of themselves and ignoring symptoms. The Canadian and US leaders in research and physician-training advocate for the preventive approach and awareness for us all about this silent killer.
This February-month of love and hearts-love yourself first by becoming familiar with the risks and symptoms of heart disease in women.