Women's Heart Health


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. 

Women's Heart Health Initiative


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 have included:

  • Educational Luncheons
  • Women’s Heart Health Conferences
  • Free Women’s Heart Health Screenings
  • Group Presentations
  • Educational Information for Physicians and Their Offices

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

What are the major risk factors that can't be changed?

  • Increasing age
  • Heredity

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
  • Diabetes

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
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest, arm, shoulder and neck discomfort of any type
  • Back or jaw pain