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February 1, 2023

Join Us As We Go Red For Women

First Source is proud to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against heart disease in women for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. We encourage you to help support this initiative, which can aid in making our community a healthier place to live. First Source is committed to the cause, with Senior Leadership Team Members and First Source employees giving back through volunteerism, education, and a general passion for helping change lives by educating women on taking charge of their health.

Wellness Wednesdays

As a proud sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative, First Source will share “Wellness Wednesdays” throughout the month of February - American Heart Health Month. Connect with us on social media each Wednesday to hear these educational and inspiring stories. It just may help save the heart of yourself or someone you love.

Wednesday, February 22nd

Meet Dianne Ruiz. Born with pulmonary stenosis, Dianne promotes benefits of healthy lifestyle among Hispanic Latinos and others.

Meet Dianne

Check out these tips & ideas for heart healthy living:

Know Your Numbers – It could save your life.

We sure know a lot of numbers by heart, like phone numbers, birthdays, pin numbers and passwords. But do you know the most critical numbers for your heart health? That knowledge could just save your life.

That's why Go Red for Women and The Heart Truth are encouraging all women (and men) to schedule a visit with their doctor to learn their personal health numbers including:

  • Blood Pressure

  • Cholesterol

  • Blood Sugar

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

This will help assess their risk for heart disease and stroke. It’s time to learn the most critical numbers in Your life. Your heart depends on it. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, which is why knowing your risk is critical to preventing cardiovascular disease. And knowing your risk starts with knowing your numbers.

Learn more about heart risk and knowing your numbers.

Wednesday, February 15th

Meet Shemeka Campbell. Having endured numerous heart problems, Shemeka shares her story and urges others to listen to your body.

Meet Shemeka

Check out these tips & ideas for heart healthy living:

Do you know signs and symptoms of Heart Attack? Heart attacks are life-or-death emergencies. Every second counts. If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack 

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.

  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. Note: Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Learn more about Heart Attacks and heart health topics.

Wednesday, February 8th

Meet Jayme Kelly, a nurse who didn’t recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke — until she had one at age 29.

Meet Jayme

Check out these tips & ideas for heart healthy living:

Would recognize the symptoms for a stroke in women and men? 

Men and women who have strokes often feel similar symptoms of stroke such as face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. Other common signs include problems seeing out of one or both eyes and balance or coordination problems. But some signs of stroke in women can be subtle enough to be missed or brushed off. That can lead to delays in getting time-sensitive, lifesaving treatments.

Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T

  1. Sudden numbness, weakness, or drooping of the Face

  2. Arm weakness, or leg, especially on one side of the body

  3. Sudden confusion, trouble Speaking or understanding

  4. Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes

  5. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  6. Sudden severe headache with no known cause

  7. If you have any of these signs, Time to call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away

Learn more about Stroke symptoms in women and men.

Wednesday, February 1st

Meet Amy Cavaliere, an active mom who suffered a heart attack and then cardiac arrest. CPR saved her life, and she now trains others in CPR and talks to her children about how to stay heart healthy.

Meet Amy

Check out these tips and ideas for heart healthy living:

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