Wear Red for Women Day raises heart health awareness

Dr. Evelina Grayver, the director of the Women’s Heart Program for Northwell Health, says cardiovascular disease claims a life of a woman every 80 seconds and that women tend to delay their care.

News 12 Staff

Feb 5, 2021, 11:49 PM

Updated 1,166 days ago

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National Wear Red for Women Day was marked Friday to raise awareness for women's heart disease – the No. 1 killer of women despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Evelina Grayver, the director of the Women’s Heart Program for Northwell Health, says cardiovascular disease claims a life of a woman every 80 seconds and that women tend to delay their care.
"By the time they come to the attention of a cardiologist, they're far worse off. Their symptoms are significantly different as well," she says.
Dr. Grayver says common signs and symptoms of a heart attack for women include chest pain, nausea and vomiting.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 2,200 Americans die of heart disease every single day. That's one death every 39 seconds. And on average, someone in the United States suffers from a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke-related death occurs about every four minutes.
Dr. Grayver says women are also getting heart disease at a much younger age. She says it could be blamed on not being active enough.
If you think you or someone you are with has any symptoms of heart attack or stroke - call 911 immediately.


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