Don’t forget to tell mom today how much she means to you. And as we’ve said many times before on this page, Mother’s Day is also a good time to urge all the women in our lives to take better care of themselves.
The American Heart Association says nearly 500,000 women will die of cardiovascular disease this year. This figure is more than the number of the next four causes of death for women combined. That includes cancer, a disease that still claims far too many lives in the country.
The American Heart Association says research indicates specific factors and symptoms are unique to a woman’s heart. These differences may account for the fact a woman is more likely than a man to die after her first heart attack.
The symptoms of cardiovascular disease for women can include pain in the jawbone, pain under the breastbone, unexplained fatigue, difficulty breathing or indigestion. Sometimes heart disease is misdiagnosed as anxiety, indigestion or a gallbladder problem.
Women are encouraged to learn about prevention, symptoms and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The AHA website, www.americanheart.org, provides information about awareness, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Meanwhile, the American Cancer Society says nearly 80 percent of all breast cancer cases involve women who are 50 or older. Chances are you know someone who has or has had breast cancer. Early detection and new treatment options may save their lives. In fact, physicians say early detection is vital for lowering the mortality rates for the disease.
Low-cost or free mammography screening is available to women who are more than 40 and underinsured or uninsured. For more information, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 888-842-6355 or visit its website at www.cdc.gov.
As we noted earlier, Mother’s Day is a fitting time to encourage the women you love to take better care of themselves.