The Nation Goes Red in February

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By American Heart Association

The first Friday each February is American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast.

From landmarks to online communities, neighborhoods to news anchors, this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.

Reclaim Your Rhythm

We’re burnt out, tired, just trying to get by. For many of us, we’ve adopted unhealthy habits as we’ve coped with the past two years, taking a toll on our physical health and mental well-being. In fact, more than half of Americans report that COVID-19 has impacted their mental well-being due to stress and worry.

Join us this February as we unite for American Heart Month. We’ll help you Reclaim Your Rhythm— because losing even one person to cardiovascular disease is too many.

The AHA is rallying communities with an urgent message to create healthy habits and commit to health goals. We’ll be right here to guide you and help keep your rhythm flowing — with the tools to get you started and the tunes to keep you on track. We’ll get you moving and grooving to raise awareness and take actions that work best for your life, to give you the best chance at life.

Find ways you can Reclaim Your Rhythm at GoRedforWomen.org.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke

Heart attack and stroke are life-or-death emergencies — every second counts. If you think you or someone you’re with has any symptoms of heart attack or stroke, call 911 immediately.

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack

If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort.

    But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Learn more about Heart Attack in Women & Men