Spread the Word: Women’s Symptoms of Heart Disease May be Different from Men’s

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(NAPSI)—Stop for a moment and think about what you fear most. Is it health related? For you? For a loved one? Maybe it has to do with the heart.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women1 and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. In fact, it is estimated that heart disease kills approximately one woman every minute. And women may experience symptoms differently than the more commonly known symptoms men experience. What if there is a way to know whether you should be worried? Would you want to know?

The first step is learning. Learning how to recognize signs of heart disease and one of its most common forms: obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), which causes one in seven deaths in the U.S.2

Now, a new health education campaign called Spread the Word™ is encouraging women and the men who love them to get the facts about the symptoms of obstructive CAD. HealthyWomen, Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, Coalition of Labor Union Women and Society of Women’s Health Research want you to get informed.

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries that provide vital oxygen and nutrients to the heart.

What Symptoms Look Like

What you need to know is diagnosing obstructive coronary artery disease can be difficult, even more so in women because they can experience symptoms differently than men. So, what can this look like?

Common Symptoms in Men

  • Chest discomfort, tightness, pain or pressure
  • Shortness of breath

Common Symptoms in Women

  • Unexplained fatigue or sudden onset of weakness
  • Tightness or pressure in the throat, jaw, shoulder, abdomen, back or arm
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Squeezing, heaviness, or burning sensation in the upper body
  • Abdominal discomfort or fullness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Palpitations
  • Body aches

What You Can Do

There are several diagnostic tests available for obstructive CAD, including exercise stress tests and cardiac imaging. There’s also a simple blood test that uses age, sex and gene expression (the Corus®CAD test) to get an at the moment look at your risk of obstructive CAD, is designed with women in mind and can help doctors rule out obstructive CAD as the cause of your symptoms. Some tests carry certain risks, like radiation exposure, while others do not. They all have their uses. What’s important is to talk to your doctor to determine which is right for you.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of obstructive CAD, talk to your doctor. And if you want to raise awareness of obstructive CAD as an important women’s health issue, join in and Spread the Word™! Visit www.GoSpreadtheWord.com, to find health information and tools that can be used to discuss testing options.

Quick Tips for Women: If you have symptoms of obstructive coronary artery disease, what should you ask your doctor?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each testing option (including risks and side effects)?
  • Are there any tests more appropriate for women?
  • What lifestyle changes will best improve my health, and what are my treatment options?

To learn more about obstructive CAD and testing options for women, please visit www.GoSpreadtheWord.com.

References
1. American Heart Association. Facts about Cardiovascular Disease in Women. Available at www.goredforwomen.org/home/about-heart-disease-in-women/facts-about-heart-disease/. Last accessed on December 18, 2014.

  1. Mozzafarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, et al. on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2015 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2015;131:e29-e322.

 

 

 

 

Five Tips To Help You Stay Cybersecure

Hacker stealing data from a laptop
Hacker stealing data from a laptop

 

(NAPS)—According to a recent Harris Poll, data breaches of personal and corporate computers increased 23 percent from 2013 to  2014—but fortunately, most people have changed their online behavior to protect themselves.

What’s Being Done                                                                                                           The survey by University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology found 46 percent of those surveyed are not conducting transactions on a shared computer and 35 percent are changing passwords more often, not giving out personal information online, and not using public Wi-Fi. “Our daily tasks have become inextricably linked to online activity and, as a result, so too will our exposure to information security vulnerabilities,” said Dennis Bonilla, executive dean for University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology.

What You Can Do                                                                                                 According to Bonilla, to protect yourself online, you should:

  1. Select quality passwords and change them often. Passwords are the easiest way for thieves to access accounts that hold important information stored on the Web. To make it harder for them to access, use passwords that combine letters, numbers and characters.
  2. Beware of e-mails from people you don’t know. Be especially careful of e-mails with attachments and links. These e-mails may contain viruses and malware that give cybercriminals access to your computer.
  3. Always use a firewall and keep it up to date. These block viruses. Most computers and software come with a firewall already installed. If not, there are many free programs available.
  4. Don’t give out personal information online. Most organizations won’t ask you to do so. If you get something questionable, ask the organization to verify the e-mail’s or request’s authenticity.
  5. Make sure the browser is secure. When providing any credit card or other financial information online, look for the lock in your browser. The padlock indicates a secure connection protected by encryption technology.

Education’s Answers                                                                                                          In addition, the study discovered, nearly all U.S. adults polled say the public and private sectors should invest in more cybersecurity technology or personnel. In fact, experts estimate another 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals will be needed in the next five years.

“Higher education institutions must work with industry leaders to meet the workforce demand by attracting a broader pool of candidates into the field and providing them with innovative curriculum that is aligned with industry standards,” stated Bonilla. “At University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology, we are working to accomplish this by offering a number of cybersecurity certificate programs that can be taken stand alone or en route with an IT degree.”

The College offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. Providing innovative digital learning tools developed to suit all learning styles, the College focuses on building technical knowledge and its successful application to real-world business environments.

Learn More                                                                                                                            For more information, visit phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment and www.phoenix.edu/technology. You can help protect your computer data from cybertheft.