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February1–7

Women's Heart Week – February 1-7, 2023

Women’s Heart Week is celebrated each year in the first week of February from February 1 to 7. The observation aims to educate, raise awareness, and teach the symptoms and preventions of serious heart diseases in women. Health centers organize screenings, talks, and awareness programs, and women are familiarized with gender-specific information on heart illnesses. This is a good time to get your heart checked especially if you have a history of heart illnesses in your family. Timely precaution can save you from suffering from major heart issues. Consult your doctor or health care providers on how to observe Women’s Heart Week.

History of Women's Heart Week

National Women’s Heart Week is an outreach program that combines fun and free activities with invaluable medical advice to help women take better care of the most crucial organ in the human body. Organizations that are dedicated to heart health partner with local organizations and health centers to encourage fitness, promote stress reduction activities, and enlighten women on the gender-specific issues of heart health. They are also informed of the lifestyle changes they can make for a healthier heart. Women’s Heart Week promotes prevention of disease, education, symptoms awareness, and early intervention.

Studies reveal that heart ailments are the number one killer of American women. Neglecting your health, a stressful lifestyle, and poor eating habits often aggravate heart conditions. Under such circumstances, it is crucial to recognize symptoms and risks, make necessary lifestyle changes, get regular medical care, and promptly seek medical intervention when the need arises. In the U.S., Women’s Heart Week is observed as a national outreach campaign to save lives, especially that of women who are regularly neglected by the medical sciences.

Heart disease is most common among America’s women aged 34 and older. Most women are unaware of this fact and fail to recognize symptoms and seek medical care. Milder women’s symptoms are often neglected but being mindful of these can help save lives. Today, women are busier than ever as they juggle career, family, and caregiving responsibilities and amidst all these, they fail to take care of themselves. Observations such as Women’s Heart Week are a much-needed intervention that improves a woman’s and society’s collective health.

Women's Heart Week timeline

1900s
The Heart is Studied Like Never Before

There is an increased interest in the study and understanding of heart diseases.

1924
The American Heart Association is Founded

The organization is dedicated to the study of the heart and its diseases.

1958
The First Diagnostic Images of Coronary Arteries

This makes the detection of coronary ailments easier and faster.

1960
The First Bypass Surgery

Surgeons start doing bypass surgery to treat heart illnesses.

Women's Heart Week FAQs

What month is Women's Heart Health Month?

February is Women’s Heart Health Month. It raises awareness of the risks of heart disease and strokes, with the ultimate goal to prevent suffering and death.

What are the symptoms of a weak heart?

Shortness of breath, frequent chest pain, fatigue, and swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet are some of the signs of potential heart conditions.

How can I make my heart strong?

Start exercising regularly, quit smoking, maintain a healthy body weight and eat heart-healthy foods.

How to Observe Women's Heart Week

  1. Get yourself screened

    If you’re a woman in your 30s or older, Women’s Heart Week is the perfect time to get yourself screened for heart illnesses. This is especially necessary for those who have a history of heart ailments in the family.

  2. Make changes to your lifestyle

    Admitting to yourself that you could be doing better is the first step towards taking better care of your heart health, so pledge to make some lifestyle changes during Women’s Heart Week. You can start by exercising, eating better, and regularly getting medical checkups.

  3. Consult your doctor

    If you’ve been noticing symptoms or are worried about a diagnosis, Women’s Heart Week is a good time to consult your doctor. They can help you put your mind at ease and get started with treatments if necessary.

5 Facts About The Heart That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. It’s a very busy organ

    The heart beats more than 110,000 times a day.

  2. It pumps an impressive amount of blood

    The heart pumps up to 2,000 gallons of blood every day.

  3. The heart can beat in isolation too

    Your heart will carry on beating even after it’s been removed from your body.

  4. Mondays are bad for the heart

    It has been noticed that most heart attacks take place on Mondays.

  5. Heart cells don’t divide

    This is why cancer of the heart is so rare.

Why Women's Heart Week is Important

  1. Ensures good health

    Women often neglect their health as they get caught up in their professional and personal lives. Women’s Heart Week ensures that women take care of themselves and lead healthy, happy lives.

  2. Raises awareness on gender-specific health issues

    Heart issues are the number one cause of death among women. Women’s Heart Week raises awareness around this and what women can do as precautionary measures.

  3. Helps find resources

    If you or someone you know is suffering from heart ailments, you might want to participate in the events of Women’s Heart Week. It’s a great way to find resources, raise awareness, and learn more about heart disease.

Women's Heart Week dates

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