Heart Disease Awareness - Wear Red on Friday, Feb. 3
USF is one of the fundraising leaders in the American Heart Association’s Tampa Bay Heart Walk, raising $40,500 last year to support valuable heart disease research and community education. Help us show USF’s collective support against heart disease by wearing something red on Friday, February3 for National Wear Red Day!
Students, faculty and staff who wear red on Friday, February 3 are invited to join in a group photo at the Marshall Student Center at noon on February 3. By showing an outpouring of support, we will, no doubt, change the lives of many who will commit to living a healthier life in a personal fight against heart disease.
But please, do more than that – Play an active role in the fight by understanding the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke, and share them with the women in your life. Heart disease is the Number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in every 3 deaths in females. That’s a shocking statistic, especially when, according to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented with improved diets, exercise and abstinence from smoking.
Signs of a Heart Attack*:
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.
Signs of Stroke and TIAs:
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 in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you have any of these signs, or if a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1...Get to a hospital right away.
American Heart Association – Information, tools and recipes to help you reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke
Go Red For Women – Everything you need to carry out your mission to fight heart disease in women
USF Living Fit – A collection of USF programs and offerings to help you start living a healthier life today
*Warning sign information provided by the American Heart Association.