While politics poses a major threat to women’s health, a lack of health awareness can be an equally dangerous condition. Each year, one in three women dies due to heart disease, making it the number one killer of women in the United States. Additionally, coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease, kills more Americans than all cancers combined.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to support the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) which is teaming up with the Spread the Word campaign to increase awareness about the overlooked symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD). The campaign is also designed to inform women of testing options that help spot CAD early and improve medical outcomes.
The Coalition of Labor Union Women is promoting the following messages:
- It is possible for a woman to have less obvious symptoms when her heart artery has a blockage. These symptoms could include: tightness or pressure in the back, a burning sensation similar to heartburn, dizziness or sudden weakness.
- The only way to know if symptoms point to coronary artery disease is to get tested. Women should get informed so they can work with their healthcare providers to decide which testing method is right for them.
- Posting the STW flyer on your chapter/union bulletin board.
- “Like” the STW Facebook page and share posts with your friends.
- Post the STW logo link on your website.
- Include Spread the Word at your next meeting by announcing the campaign and distributing flyers.