Latinas uninformed about heart attacks

February 15th, 2013 at 1:11 pm by under Latest Posts

A campaign is launching here in New Mexico to educate Hispanic women about heart attack symptoms.

Gov. Susana Martinez and Health Secretary-designate Retta Wards want to help women recognize those symptoms.

“Fewer than half of Latina women age 55 and older who were surveyed by the American Heart Association in 2006 and 2009 recognized the typical heart attack symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath and pain that spreads to the shoulder, neck, or arms,” a statement from the New Mexico Department of Health said.  “Less than 15 percent of the women recognized nausea, vomiting or unusual fatigue as atypical symptoms of heart attacks.”

The disease is the second leading cause of death among Hispanic women in New Mexico.

The state Department of Health is one of 10 organizations to receive a grant for the heart health campaign.

Additional information on the program is available from NMDOH in English and en español.

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