Nassim Sana, MC

Go Red

Nassim Sana
Go Red

I recently attended the 6th Annual Red Dress Cocktail Party, Hosted by Maria Baily Benson and Master of Ceremonies Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC15 News Steve Irvin. That evening about 200 women and local businesses gathered to support the 6th Annual fundraising event. That night the new Mercedes Dealership of Scottsdale was transformed into something amazing; from far we all looked like one unified red ribbon. We were all there taking a stand for millions of women and supporting the dream of Maria Baily Benson. Maria’s mom inspired her to take action when she became a victim of a heart attack 11 years ago and died. Maria expressed to us all that when her mother was having a heart attack she had no idea she was having one. She continued to say, “I just wanted to help women understand the risk and be aware of the symptoms of heart disease. Since then for the past 6 years Maria has been a key component to bring awareness to so many women. Maria wanted everyone to know that the Go Red Movement has saved and estimated 627,000 lives.I believe it is important to give one’s support to a cause like “Go Red”.  The more we are able bring awareness, the more lives we may be able to save. Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? That’s approximately one woman every minute! There are a several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. People who have these so-called silent heart attacks are more likely to have non-specific and subtle symptoms, such as indigestion or a case of the flu, or they may think that they strained a muscle in their chest or their upper back. It also may not be discomfort in the chest, it may be in the jaw or the upper back or arms some women have prolonged and excessive fatigue that is unexplained. Those are some of the less specific symptoms for a heart attack, but ones that people may ignore or attribute to something else. It is important to be careful to not mistake a heart attack for symptoms of anxiety.

A silent heart attack happens when the flow of blood is blocked in the coronary arteries by a buildup of plaque. The risk factors for a silent heart attack are the same as those for a recognized heart attack, and include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, family history of heart disease, obesity and age. If you or a loved one show signs that you may be having a heart attack, you are recommended to do the following: when noticing symptoms of a silent heart attack, try to stay calm and call 911 immediately. When you get to the hospital, make it clear that you think you may be having a heart attack and not an anxiety attack. Advocate for yourself or, if you can, bring along someone who will advocate for you. The “silent” in a silent heart attack is the complicating factor—often women don’t realize they’re experiencing a medical emergency.

Before you ever have to experience heart attack we all need to learn how to prevent and lower our risk factors. Women need to know their risk factors, be aware of their blood pressure and cholesterol, exercise regularly and avoid smoking to decrease their risk of a heart attack. Above all, she cautions them to listen to their bodies, and if something isn’t right, talk to a doctor. Always be ready and open to getting help. Fortunately we live in a time that an abundance of resources are available to us. My advice to you, like always, is put the old, tired excuses away and have the commitment to want the best for yourself.  If you don’t know how to have a healthy diet, find a nutritionist that fits your personality, familial and cultural needs. Have you been talking about getting more fit?  Go to your local gym and have a conversation with them about your needs and goals. Other options are to find a workout trainer, join meet up groups that go hiking, bicycling, exercise, do yoga, or go for walks. This way you can socialize and get healthy at the same time. Evaluate what else you want to improve. Do you want to feel less stressed anxious, depressed, or stop smoking? Get in touch with a counselor or a lifestyle coach. At the end of the day be honest with yourself and decide what you want the next ten years of your life to look like. The healthier your life is the healthier your family’s life is. Don’t say I’ll take care of it tomorrow; you are an amazing holistic being that the world needs more of.