Campus News

Heart Health Events

By Amanda Albert, wellness intern

Wear red to work out at the Mathy Center this week and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card to Kate’s on State. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking over 300,000 women each year. The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute started the Wear Red Campaign to help raise awareness for women to start paying attention to the health of their heart.

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Murphy Center 418 for a relaxing meditation led by Deb Murray. If you miss this opportunity, there will be another one Wednesday, Feb. 14 at noon in Murphy Center 436.

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, come to the Student Union and enjoy dark chocolate covered strawberries from 2–4 p.m.

A Healthy Heart…One Step at a Time

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is most commonly known as heart disease, which accounts for about 800,000 deaths in the U.S. and continuing to rise each year. There are seven steps for you to make your heart healthier. Are you ready for the challenge?

Increased Risk Factors

  • age (men over 65, women over 55)
  • diabetes
  • being overweight or obese
  • being physically inactive
  • a poor diet
  • stress, depression, anger
  • consumption of more than two alcoholic beverages a day
  • smoking
  • abusing drugs
  • a family history of heart disease

Symptoms

Every individual may experience different symptoms. Men are more likely to have chest pain where women are most likely to have chest pain along with other symptoms. Symptoms of heart disease may include:

  • chest pain or pressure
  • nausea/lightheadedness
  • jaw, neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • discomfort/pain in one or both arms or legs
  • shortness of breath
  • unusual fatigue
  • irregular heartbeat

Take Action

Here are seven steps to take to becoming a healthier you:

  • eat a heart healthy diet
  • get active
  • maintain a healthy weight and BMI
  • quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
  • limit alcoholic beverages to 1–2 drinks a day
  • control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • manage your stress