Statistics show that there are an estimated 3,800,750,379 women in the world. Wow! Each woman has their own health and wellness journey and unique needs. Women are caretakers, employees, teachers, doctors, lawyers, mechanics, law enforcement officers, and many more roles. With unique lifestyles, careers, and family dynamics comes the need for a unique health profile and healthcare plan. International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is celebrating International Women’s Day by encouraging women to prioritize their health needs to feel their best this year!
Knowing the Difference
The CDC identifies heart disease as the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Things like coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and arrhythmias may show up as different symptoms in the female body than the male body. The American Heart Association confirms that symptoms of heart attacks in women may have a quicker onset or be brushed off as non-threatening by the victims. Here are some signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women to watch out for:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or fullness in your chest that lasts longer than a few minutes or is reoccurring.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath.
- Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- Nausea or vomiting
Listening to Your Body
A Harvard health study shows that 70% of women are impacted by chronic pain. The study also shows that women are more likely to receive sedatives rather than pain medicine when they report pain. Despite this, many of those affected continue to live every day and attempt to manage this pain. It is essential to listen to your body: what it is telling you, what it needs, and if it is asking you to rest. Each person is different and requires a different care plan, but it is important to schedule regular screenings to talk with your doctor about what your body is telling you.
Embrace Equity: Literally!
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Embrace Equity, and it is designed to encourage women to include their families, friends, peers, and colleagues in their journey to embrace equity. Did you know that studies show that physical embraces, or hugs, can reduce stress, reduce fears, make you happier, and even improve your heart health and reduce illnesses? That’s one more reason to embrace equity this year on International Women’s Day- and show someone they matter to you by offering a hug!
This year for International Women’s Day, we at Arkansas Blue Cross are celebrating by prioritizing women’s health today and every day!