It is important that you are able to clearly recognize the signs that indicate whether you, or another woman, is suffering a heart attack. Women do not necessarily experience the same symptoms as men; in fact, quite often women have atypical symptoms and take longer to deal with them, which makes diagnosis difficult and raises the risk of death.
Fundación MAPFRE, the Pro CNIC Foundation, the Spanish Heart Foundation and the Community of Madrid are spearheading the program Mujeres por el Corazón the goal of which is to raise awareness of the public in general and women in particular so as to facilitate the early recognition of symptoms of cardiovascular diseases and foster healthy lifestyle habits.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the main cause of death worldwide is cardiovascular disease. One in every five women in Europe dies as a result of ischemic heart disease. In Spain, coronary disease is the leading cause of death in women. According to the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC), mortality after a first myocardial infarction is 20% higher in women, especially in countries such as Spain.
This initiativeis endorsed by the general director of the Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC), Dr Valentín Fuster, who, in collaboration with the magazine Women’s Health and experts in nutrition, restaurants and physical exercise, has produced a practical guide for women's cardiovascular health entitled "Looking After Your Heart".
With the Mujeres por el Corazón program, we want to remove women's blinkers and teach them how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. Our touring campaign bus holds free examinations and gives straightforward advice to help you improve your health and quality of life.
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