RICHLAND, Wash. -- February is a month dedicated to heart health, and on Friday, Kadlec decided to hold a Heart to Heart event to bring awareness to the number one killer of women.
Heart disease kills two times as many women each year as cancer does. Health experts from Kadlec welcomed 240 women to the Richland Red Lion to teach them more about the silent killer because symptoms of a heart attack for women aren't as obvious as those for men.
"We may feel like its indigestion. We wait longer to come in and see the physician. And to come in the emergency room and have treatment. A lot of women never make it to the hospital because they've waited so long to have their symptoms treated and they end up dying at home," said Cass Bilodeau, a registered Nurse at Kadlec and also the Cardiac Arrest Coordinator for the hospital.
Nutrition counselors and nurses were also on hand to answer any questions.
Here is a Short List of Symptoms of a Heart Attack for women, provided by the American Heart Association (AHA):
"Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that 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."