By Mike Bassett, ASC Public AffairsFebruary 5, 2018
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- U.S. Army Sustainment Command personnel came to work donned in red to raise awareness for National Wear Red Day -- an American Heart Association campaign that raises awareness for preventing two leading causes of death among women, heart disease and stroke, here, Feb. 2.
The campaign, nested in the Go Red For Women fundraising campaign, aims to raise awareness, funds for research, and inspire participants to take action by uniting to prevent and end heart disease and stroke in women.
According to a pamphlet handed out at the event, cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds, but, 80 percent of these events are preventable through education and lifestyle changes.
Activities such as smoking, lack of regular exercise, poor diet and family history can increase one's risk of heart disease or stroke.
"A heart-healthy diet and regular aerobic activity, two areas of the Army Performance Triad, have proven to lower the risk of heart disease. And adequate sleep, the third Army Performance area, indirectly impacts heart health as it gives our bodies a chance to heal and decreases stress," said Lori Owens, ASC Health and Wellness Team and master resiliency trainer.
One pamphlet lists five numbers that all women should know to take control of their heart health: Total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.
Heart attack warning signs include: Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes; pain or discomfort in one of both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort; cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness and possible vomiting.
Stroke warning signs include: Face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty.
"Remember to listen to what your heart has to say," said Sgt. First Class Joycelyn Clinton, ASC Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
Calling 9-11 as soon as symptoms occur can mean the difference between life and death, according to the same pamphlet.