Event raises awareness about heart disease in women

4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Friday, February 07 2020 Feb 7, 2020 Friday, February 07, 2020 3:25:00 PM CST February 07, 2020 in News
By: Marian Bouchot, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The American Heart Association sponsored a Go Red for Women event to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women. 

The event took place at VA Medical Center. Several women attended wearing red for the special occasion.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US. Go Red for Women is a national movement that aims at dispelling misinformation about heart disease and symptoms in women.  Symptoms are commonly thought of to be chest pain, heavy breathing, and dizziness. Those are all true, but sometimes women don't experience those typical symptoms. For example, chest pain is often not a symptom for women, but jaw pain can be.

"Women tend to have more often pain in the upper back or pain in the neck or jaw and can also have flu like symptoms or just a general sense of weakness of fatigue along with nausea and vomiting," Truman VA Cardiologist Rachel Littrell said.

There were a few female veterans that attended, and one of them, an Army veteran, even spoke about her experience when she got a heart attack on Sept. 11 2019. She said she had felt really tired, her arms felt much heavier, and her elbows were in pain.

"The biggest thing I've learned that women that you may not know that you're having a heart attack that my symptoms were nothing like other people's symptoms that I knew of or I that I have ever heard of," said retired army veteran Caroline Abshier. "I'm very careful now and I come to the ER when I need to when I have things that I don't understand or I'm not sure what's going on that can't be explained."

Another retired veteran attended the event to learn about how she can be more cautious. She said her mom suffered from a heart attack and wants to make sure it doesn't happen to her.

"My fear is that even though all of these tests say you know your heart is fine, it's not fine. [My doctor] is very good and has run a lot of tests to reassure me," said retired Army veteran Doris O'Hara. "I live by myself there'd be no one to know I wasn't feeling well to drive me to the hospital. So I have to be very proactive now to make sure that doesn't happen."



More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA —As mid-Missouri experiences a rise in coronavirus cases, the Health Department is struggling to keep up with contact tracing.... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 6:51:53 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
VIENNA — The Historical Society of Maries County is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide "substantial information"... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 6:32:32 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Four bars within 24 hours may have been exposed to someone who had COVID-19. Boone County Health... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 6:29:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - Hundreds of mid-Missourians stocked up on fireworks this week for the Fourth of July. 73-year-old Jim Edwards... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 5:50:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. ... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 5:00:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
BONNE TERRE, MO. (AP) — An eastern Missouri county has seen a big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, and... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 3:52:13 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—Columbia City Council will vote Monday on a new mask ordinance that would require face coverings in all public places.... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 3:51:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two state representatives accused former House Speaker Tim Jones of being involved in cyberbullying Friday afternoon, but... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 3:17:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY — The Callaway County prosecutor charged David Dodds, 58, from Corydon, Iowa with five felony counts of sexual... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 1:09:28 PM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents across mid-Missouri are taking it upon themselves to host proms for students after COVID-19 cancelled many official... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 10:49:00 AM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
FULTON - A Fulton man is in custody for attempted statutory rape and sodomy, according to a Missouri State Highway... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 10:14:00 AM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) — A shooting Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, left a suspect dead and a police... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 8:55:29 AM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 6:42:00 AM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
AP—The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources necessary to confront the worst health... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 5:00:35 AM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Fourth of July festivities are set to begin Friday in Jefferson City, but under a new normal.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 3:15:00 AM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City School District announced an update to families on Thursday about fall classes. The district's... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:07:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - While higher education saw its state funding slashed Tuesday for the new fiscal year... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 8:32:46 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
5am 71°
6am 72°
7am 73°
8am 76°