Saturday, February 12, 2011

February is Women's Heart Month

by Megan S.

What does Dancing with the Stars' hoofer Julianne Hough have to do with science, science fiction, or fantasy?  Other than looking like a young Red Queen off to a night of debauchery at Studio 54, she's sporting Swarovski's entry for this year's The Heart Truth, the red dress runway show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The event's aim is to raise awareness for women's heart health.

Women are just as vulnerable to heart attacks as men but can experience very different symptoms than the public is familiar with.  Warning signs for women can include:

* Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest.
* Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
* Shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

(More information is available on the National Institutes of Health's site.)

I wish I had known what to be aware of when my mother almost died from a massive heart attack two years ago.  Ever since then, I've tried to help raise awareness by educating friends about common signs of an attack and showing my support by wearing a red heart during February.
This year, I'm sporting a steampunk inspired pendant I found on Etsy.  I'm such a sucker for sparkle.  The heart was handmade by wonkymonkey in Illinois.

So, please do all the women in your life a favor.  Familiarize yourself with the signs of heart attacks in women and wear something red this month to show your support.  Who knew that wearing a red shirt could actually save a life?

Oh and thanks to GoFugYourself for the fug-and-fab red dress run down!
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