Enter your number to get our free mobile app

Women all across Alabama are going red on Friday. Why? It’s National Wear Red Day with the American Heart Association. Be sure you join the movement to raise awareness of women’s heart health.

You can join the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Eta Xi Omega Chapter, Delta Sigma Chapter, and the Theta Sigma Chapter for their Pink Goes Red FREE event. It all happens on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 6:08 pm on Zoom. Click here to register on Event Brite. Also here is the zoom information.

The Eta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Facebook page notes that you will “receive vital nutritional information and dance to a healthy heart!” It sounds like fun, and it’s free. And you know if it’s free, it’s for me!

This week is a great time to understand the importance of knowing about cardiovascular disease. It saves lives. I know this first hand because my mother suffered a stroke. Luckily, I knew the symptoms of a stroke and was able to get her medical attention quickly. I remember the ER doctor clearly saying that she got there in time and that every second counts. Terrifying situation.

The American Heart Association notes the symptoms of a stroke are:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body

 

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

 

Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes

 

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

 

Sudden severe headache with no known cause

The American Heart Association notes the symptoms of a heart attack are:

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.

 

Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

 

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

 

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.

(Source) For more information from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Eta Xi Omega Chapter, click here to follow their Facebook Page. For more information from the American Heart Association, click here.

LOOK: 50 Black actors who made entertainment history