"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Heart attacks in women....

I was sorry to hear that TV personality Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack recently.   She is now home and reportedly doing well, which is great news.....the world needs all the laughter it can get!

Rosie talked on her blog about her experience.  Most of you who have read my blog for any length of time know I am an advocate for women's heart health, and I proudly celebrate women's heart health the entire month of February each year (I was thrilled to see even the knitting community is getting in on the act, go check out this new book Knit Red: Stitching for Women's Heart Health).  Many women, however, mistakenly believe that chest pain (common sign in heart attack for men) is the leading symptom in heart attacks for women, too.  Not true, the symptoms when a woman has a heart attack are are varied and often more subtle. Check out this excellent article from WomenHeart.org on signs and symptoms of women's heart disease.