Pierce County hosting workshops on women’s heart disease


Let’s hear it for synchronicity.  I received the following press release from the Pierce County Communications Department announcing their workshops on women and heart disease just hours after posting my latest essay on preventing heart attacks. 

I’ll endeavor to be at these presentations.  Alas, they’re only 40 minutes long, but it’s a start on a very serious public health issue.

As I understand women’s heart health, the symptoms of a heart attack may be more vague for women.  Whereas men tend to have the proverbial “elephant sitting on my chest” feeling, or a sharp pain like a firecracker exploding inside, such as I had, women have more defused symptoms, ie: general aches and pains in the shoulder and back, or flu-like symptoms.


Workshop focuses on women’s heart health
 There’s no more dangerous health condition for women than a heart issue. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and a leading cause of disability among women. “Dial 911: Don’t Miss A Beat” presents a close-up look at the most important heart attack symptoms women are more likely to experience. Often those symptoms surface a month or more before the attack. Recognizing them can prevent a crisis. Women’s symptoms are considerably different than men’s. Unfortunately, most general information is designed with men’s symptoms in mind. The most important thing to do if you think you are having heart attack symptoms is to call 911 and tell them you are experiencing heart attack symptoms. Unfortunately, women do not do this because their symptoms are so unlike those generally described.

 “Call 911: Don’t Miss a Beat” is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. The presentation will be offered twice:

 July 9: 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Pierce County Annex, Main Conference Room, 2401 S. 35th Street, Tacoma

 July 12: 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., County-City Building, Rainier Conference Room – 7th Floor, 930 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma

 For more information, call the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.

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