Contact: Marion Ciciarelli
Oswego Health encourages community members to join them in wearing the color red tomorrow, National Wear Red Day, which brings attention to the fact that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of woman.
Heart disease is also the No. 1 killer of congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the U.S. So, new this year to Oswego Health’s recognition of this day, the Maternity Center will take part in the American Heart Association’s #LittleHatsBigHearts program. Through this initiative, each baby born at Oswego Hospital in February will be provided a hand knit red hat to wear, while Mom will be given important information on heart disease.
As part of Oswego Health’s other wear red activities, Cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr., will hold an Ask The Doctor program at 6 p.m. Monday, February 3rd at Springside at Seneca Hill. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on the Ask the Doctor program, please call 349-5500.
Heart Attack Signs in Women
- 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 light headedness
- 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. If you have any to these signs. Don’t wait more than five minutes before call for help Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital immediately.
Oswego Health’s cardiology team pictured from left Physician Assistant David Downey, Thomas Grady, Jr., MD, and Nurse Practitioner Judith Stallings.