Butler County employees were “taking a stand against heart disease” by participating in Go Red for Women Day Friday.
“It’s really just about raising awareness that women suffer from heart attacks as much as men,” said Janice Powers, county health director.
She said heart attacks in women are often overlooked because the symptoms are different than for men.
She wanted to encourage women to be aware of the symptoms, which include uncomfortable pressure or pain in the center of the chest; pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath; breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness; or chest pain or discomfort.
“Women should be aware of the symptoms and know how to prevent a heart attack,” Powers said.
Some things women can do to help prevent a heart attack include being physically active and not smoking.
“We decided this year to show our support of heart health because we really do support health for our employees,” Powers said.
Employees wore red shirts to work on Friday to show support for women who are facing a diagnosis and struggling through treatment, for women who touched many lives before they lost their own, to speak up for more research and swifter action for women’s health, because it’s time to put health first and because no one should fight alone.
They gathered in the County Commission room to take a group picture, which they sent to the American Heart Association. Jim Schmidt and his staff at Emergency Management and those in the western office also took pictures which will be sent to the AHA.