Pictured are just some of the nearly 200 women who dressed in red at a previous Heart Health Luncheon sponsored the J.C. Blair Women's Heart Health Initiative hosted by Juniata College.
To keep your heart healthy during February and throughout the entire year, the following information links are provided by the J.C. Blair's Women's Heart Health Initiative and the American Heart Association.
- Cardiovascular Health Guide
- What is a stroke?
- Heart Healthy Chicken Recipe
- Heart Healthy Recipes
JC Blair Women’s Heart Health Initiative Wants to Make a Difference...
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and Huntingdon County. One in
three women will suffer from heart disease during the course of her life. Of those women who die suddenly from heart disease, a shocking 64% have no previous symptoms of this disease. Often times, heart disease symptoms go unnoticed and untreated.
Through a private donor who lost his wife at an early age to heart disease, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation has received funding to develop a Women’s Heart Health Initiative for residents of Huntingdon County. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness and educate women, their families and friends, caretakers, physicians, and nurses about heart disease in women and the importance of early detection. Armed with this information, women can take an active role in improving their heart health and reducing their risk for heart disease.
The Initiative’s activities include:
- Educational Luncheons
- Women’s Heart Health Conferences
- Free Women’s Heart Health Screenings
- Group Presentations
- Educational Information for Physicians and Their Offices
This initiative is driven by hundreds of volunteers who are vital to the program. We invite the community to get involved by hosting a screening or a speaking engagement, participating in a screening, or providing ideas to further promote the goals of this initiative.
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
What are the major risk factors that can't be changed?
- Increasing age
What are the major risk factors you can modify, treat or control by changing your lifestyle or taking
- Tobacco smoke
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Obesity and overweight
Heart Health Screenings
A FREE individualized women’s heart health screening takes about ½ hour and includes:
- Comprehensive Clinical Assessment
- Free Cholesterol Screening
- Completion of Detailed Questionnaire
- Personal Consultation
- Heart Healthy Refreshments,
- Cookbooks and other Give-A-Ways
Our target population for the screenings is women ages 35-65 who have the opportunity to make a significant impact in reducing their risk of developing heart disease by knowing their risk factors and modifying, treating and controlling them. Employers, churches, civic organizations and other groups in Huntingdon County are invited to host a free screening. Call our Women’s Heart Health Coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense —the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often women affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Signs that mean a heart attack is happening include:
- Shortness of breath
- Unusually severe fatigue
- Sudden anxiety
- Frequent “indigestion”
- Cold Sweats
- Chest, arm, shoulder and neck discomfort of any type
- Back or jaw pain
For more information please contact:
Andrea Teeters , Wellness Coordinator