National Wear Red Day

February 4th is National Wear Red Day. This day focuses on increasing awareness for women’s heart health. While most heart disease and stroke deaths are preventable, cardiovascular diseases continue to be the greatest health risk for women.

We want to educate women so that they can lower their chances of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Making a commitment to improving your health does not have to be a solo journey— Tria Health is here to guide the way!

What Does a Stroke Look Like in Women?

Stroke Symptoms in Women1:

  • Numbness or weakness in face, arm, or leg
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble walking or a lack of coordination
  • Severe headache without a known cause

Remember “F.A.S.T.” to know when to call for help:

  1. F = Face drooping
  2. A = Arm weakness
  3. S = Speech difficulty
  4. T = Time to call 911

It can be easy to miss the symptoms of a stroke due to their subtle symptoms. However, delaying proper treatment can lead to delays in time-sensitive, lifesaving treatments.

What Does a Heart Attack Look Like in Women?

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women2:

  • Chest pain, but not always
  • Pain or pressure in the lower chest or upper abdomen
  • Jaw, neck, or upper back pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Indigestion
  • Extreme fatigue

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms:

  1. Dial 911 immediately, follow the operator’s instructions, and get to a hospital right away.
  2. Don’t drive yourself to the hospital.
  3. Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders.

Women who think they’re healthy often misread the symptoms of a heart attack because they don’t think it could happen to them.

Educate yourself on these conditions so that you can more clearly identify them if they were to arise in you or someone you know. Women, take control of your heart health this year. 

Tria Health Helps Control Heart Disease

Tria Health offers Chronic Condition Management through our Pharmacy Advocate Program. Heart Disease and stroke are two of the many chronic conditions that Tria Health supports. Clinical pharmacists provide one-on-one telephonic counseling for members and act as their personal advocate to help them navigate through the health care system. Through reviewing a member’s medications and lifestyle habits, Tria Health’s Pharmacists can make recommendations that will help control their chronic conditions and help them feel better!

Questions?

Call 1.888.799.8742 or visit www.triahealth.com.

Wear Red and Support Heart Health!

Resources

  1. Symptoms of a Stroke in Women and Men | Go Red for Women
  2. Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women and Men | Go Red for Women
  3. Go Red for Women | The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative

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