This is  a photo of my late mother Donzella Boldman, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, friend and member of a close-knit church family.  It is also a photo of one of the many faces of heart disease.  Does this surprise you?

Would you be surprised to know the #1 cause of death for women is heart disease?  It kills about 12 times more women annually than breast cancer.  For years we believed heart disease was a “guy thing.”  Now we know better.

Unfortunately, the medical profession has been slow in  providing up to date, accurate information on heart attack symptoms in women.  Our symptoms are different.

It often takes longer for  women to be diagnosed.  We may have symptoms we and even our doctors  do not recognize as a heart attack.  Learn the symptoms of heart attack in women.  If you are having symptoms of a heart attack call 911 and say “I am having symptoms of a heart attack.”

After losing my mother to heart disease this has become an important issue for me.  During this American Heart month let’s dedicate ourselves to spreading the word about women’s heart health as well as promoting research and awareness.

Remember heart disease is not just a “guy thing.”  Take good care of your heart and encourage the women in your life to do the same.  We talk to each other about breast cancer, now it’s time to start talking about heart disease as well.

More information including symptoms of heart attack in women:

Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center

Go Red for Women

The Heart Truth

Women Heart

American Heart Association