Hello and welcome to the first installment
of FDA’s women’s health video blog. My name is Uchenna Alexander and I’m a project
manager here at FDA where I work on communications projects.
And I’m Lesely Maloney. I’m a pharmacist here at FDA. And Uchenna and I got involved with
this project because we think there is a great number of resources
here at FDA that might be of interest to you, women, across the country.
This blog is going to be available on our website www.fda.gov as well as our transparency
blog which is at fdatransparencyblog.fda.gov. You can also reach us by email at [email protected]
And for our first video blog, we want to talk about women’s heart health. February 4th is
National Wear Red Day and that’s where women across the country are going to be wearing
red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness. In addition to wearing
red, it’s important for women to be aware of their heart health and to be knowledgeable
about the ways in which we can prevent heart disease in
ourselves. That’s right. And women often has different
warning signs and symptoms than men. For example, women might not have chest pain. Instead they
might have achey, tight or a heaviness. And it might
rather then be in the chest area they might have it in their back or in the shoulder area.
Women could also have trouble sleeping, might feel sick to their stomach, could have pain
in the belly area or just above the belly botton and could have
new or worsening headaches. And one of the most important signs for heart disease is
feeling tired even after you had a good night’s sleep.
And that’s one that I didn’t know, but I do know about being tired. As a new mom, I have
a 6 month old daughter at home, “Hi Michelle”, and
because of that I feel like I haven’t slept in about 6 months, but I guess that means
it’s important for women like me to keep track of
how they feel. And if you feel tiredness or fatigue that you can’t attribute to something
like staying up all night with a new born it’s probably
important to talk to your doctor. Talking to your doctor or other health care
professional is definitely a good idea. You should be making sure you are having regular
blood pressure and cholesterol checkups and you need to know
if your family has a history of heart disease. And there are steps that you can take on your
own. Make sure you are eating right, eating that
healthy balanced diet, exercising, and that you are maintaining a healthy weight for your
size. And if you’re a smoker, it’s time to quit. Time to quit.
There’s a lot of materials on FDA’s website so check them out fda.gov/womenshearthealth.
There you might find anything from tips for healthy eating
to how to manage your high blood pressure if you have diabetes. And remember if you
have any comments or question about this topic or suggestions
for other topics that we can cover in the future, you can leave those comments at fdatransparencyblog.fda.gov
or email us at [email protected] Thanks for listening in and tune in next time.