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 Mujeres por el Corazón program whose goal is to raise the awareness of the public in general and women in particular to facilitate the early recognition of symptoms of cardiovascular diseases and foster healthy lifestyle habits.
Since 2016 the Mujeres por el Corazón campaign has carried out 136,000 check-ups on our bus. Once again we're traveling through Spain helping women to prevent cardiovascular diseases. We will let you know the dates when we will be in your city.
This initiative is supported by fantastic women such as the journalist Ana Rosa Quintana, the singer Mónica Naranjo and the athlete Ruth Beitia. You can't afford to miss the videos in which our three ambassadors invite us to work together to make this our mission: learn to detect the symptoms of heart attacks in women.
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 among 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 initiative is 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.
We are also rolling out this initiative in various Latin American countries. We collaborated with the Corazón de Sao Paulo Hospital in Brazil , in Colombia we worked with the Shaio Clinic, in Panama we collaborated with the Ministry of Health, and in Dominican Republic, within the framework of the Week of the Heart we teamed up with the Dominican Emergency Society in order to spread the word and to bring down the high mortality rate in women due to heart attacks which were not detected early enough.
In Spain, our touring campaign bus holds free examinations and gives straightforward advice to help you improve your health and quality of life. We are rolling it out now.
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