February is American Heart Month Print

The Haywood County Health Department encourages women to take charge of their health by knowing their heart disease risk and being aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.  Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for women in North Carolina.  According to the N.C. State Center for Health Statistics, heart disease takes the life of over 8,000 North Carolina women each year.  In Haywood County the number of deaths from heart disease in 2009 was 189.4 per 100,000, similar to the state rate.


According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, North Carolina ranks 18th  highest in the nation for heart disease deaths and is considered to be the 6th worst state for its stroke mortality rate.


“Many women’s lives are cut short because they don’t know their risk for a heart attack or stroke,” North Carolina State Health Director Jeff Engel said.  “February is American Heart Month, so that gives us a great opportunity to increase awareness and help women in our state live longer, healthier lives.”


The N.C. Division of Public Health encourages you to learn the symptoms of a heart attack and call 9-1-1 if you experience any of the warning signs:

  • Chest discomfort- pressure, squeezing, fullness, burning or pain
  • Pain or Discomfort*- in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath*- with or without chest discomfort
  • Other symptoms*- cold sweat, nausea/vomiting or lightheadedness 

Call Haywood County Health Department at 828-452-6675 to receive more information about heart disease in women.


* Common symptoms experienced by women


Contact: Anita Wilkins

Phone:  828-452-6675