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Message from the President
I can’t think of this month February, without thinking of Women’s Heart Health Month. That is the theme of my message for you today. I know you have heard it before, but it is worth repeating: More women die from heart disease than all cancers combined!! Cardiovascular disease kills more women than men in the U.S., and women present symptoms differently than men. 42% of women who have heart attacks die within one year (vs. 24% for men).1 in 3 women over age 20 has some form of cardiovascular disease. A woman is 10 times more likely to die of a heart attack than breast cancer. I hope all of you are going into see your doctor on a regular basis. When I go for my check-up the nurse also performs an EKG and checks my blood pressure. Know your numbers. High Blood pressure is called the silent killer because many walk around with it and have no symptoms until they experience a heart attack or stroke! High Blood pressure can be controlled by taking medication on a daily basis. It you take medication and experience any side effects then you need to check back with your healthcare professional as there are many combinations they can try on you without experiencing any adverse side effects.