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DAR addresses women’s health risks, prevention

April 18, 2014

By Donna Summerall

The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Wednesday afternoon at the Bryan Public Library. The DAR welcomed guest speaker Susan McComic, an RN at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point and the West Point School District, to impart information on women’s health issues dealing with heart disease.
“Heart disease now kills more women every year than all types of cancer combined,” McComic said. “Being overweight, smoking, unhealthy diet, family history and a sedentary lifestyle are all factors. To simply walk or engage in some sort of cardiovascular exercise will greatly reduce a women’s risk of heart attack and stroke.”
McComic pointed out the differences in heart attack in women from men. She said women often experience pain in the jaw, sweating, clamminess, being cold, body aches and trouble breathing. Many symptoms, she said, were similar to flu symptoms. Men however, experience tightness in the chest, a sharp intense pain running down the left arm and shortness of breath at the onset of an heart attack.
McComic explained the warning signs of stroke in women; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg. especially on one side, difficulty speaking, understanding speech and confusion, vision problems, dizziness, loss of balance and coordination and severe headache.

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